We got the following Christmas note from David Zarkin, a former Statesman staffer who was obviously strolling down memory lane from his Minnesota home.
“Vernon Bisterfeldt, a Boise cop, working off duty as a Santa, nabbed a shoplifter in 1965 at Welles department store on the Boise Bench.
“I was doing rewrite on the Statesman night desk and wrote up a short story with a photo from a staff lensman.
“Backlash came the next day when a reader called in to complain that I ruined the Santa story for her kids. Sorry.”
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