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A $500 reward has been offered for the capture of this Santa, last seen somewhere on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. The contest to find the stuffed toy, set up by Morale Welfare and Recreation, begins Saturday.
A $500 reward has been offered for the capture of this Santa, last seen somewhere on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. The contest to find the stuffed toy, set up by Morale Welfare and Recreation, begins Saturday. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)
A $500 reward has been offered for the capture of this Santa, last seen somewhere on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. The contest to find the stuffed toy, set up by Morale Welfare and Recreation, begins Saturday.
A $500 reward has been offered for the capture of this Santa, last seen somewhere on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. The contest to find the stuffed toy, set up by Morale Welfare and Recreation, begins Saturday. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)
Santa’s partner Rudolph, aka “The Red-nosed Reindeer,” also has a bounty on his head; finding him is worth $300.
Santa’s partner Rudolph, aka “The Red-nosed Reindeer,” also has a bounty on his head; finding him is worth $300. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)
Morale Welfare and Recreation’s Jason Symak, left, liberty coordinator, and Chris Kasparek, school-age program coordinator, demonstrate how they may hide the Santa.
Morale Welfare and Recreation’s Jason Symak, left, liberty coordinator, and Chris Kasparek, school-age program coordinator, demonstrate how they may hide the Santa. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Wanted: Fat man in a red suit. Reward: $500.

Nab his red-nosed reindeer sidekick for a cool $300.

Each was last seen in a 24-hour accessible, nonsecured location at Yokosuka Naval Base. Find them, and you’ll see some extra stuffing in your stocking this Christmas.

Morale Welfare and Recreation is sponsoring a high-dollar hunt for stuffed versions of Christmas’s present-delivering duo of Santa and Rudolph this year. “Where’s Rudolph?” and “Where’s Santa?” are open to all SOFA-sponsored people in Ikego, Negishi and Yokosuka.

The first clue as to their whereabouts will be unveiled Dec. 3 at the Yokosuka Festival of Trees.

But posses began forming when MWR started putting out word about the contest two months ago, said Chris Kasparek, school-age program coordinator.

“People are picking teams, mapping the territory, and devising plans of attack,” Kasparek said. “They keep asking me, ‘Is he hid? Did you hide him yet?’”

Those desperately seeking Santa must be adults out of high school, 18 or older, or active-duty military personnel. Those trying to rein in Rudolph must be between 10 and 18, younger if parents assist in the search.

Taking a cue from the “12 Days of Christmas,” the clues are strung out over 11 days. Starting Dec. 3, the clues are progressive and will get more specific as the contest continues. The clues also move around, to be posted at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at various locations .

Moving around is part of the fun, said liberty coordinator Jason Symak.

“This is usually the time of year when people start staying indoors,” he said. “We want to get them out.”

The organizers hope the Christmas characters hide out for the duration. They won’t be easy to find, promises Symak.

“The base is big, there are a lot of possibilities,” Symak said. “And, with $300 and $500 at stake, it should be difficult.”

“People are most excited about the money,” Kasparek said. “It’s the money and the thrill of the chase.”

A found Santa needs to be returned to the Spectrum Center. A found Rudolph goes to the School-Age Care Center. The prize money will be awarded Dec. 19. For more information, contact Symak at 243-7284 or Kasparek at 241-2948.

‘Where’s Santa?’ clue locations

Yokosuka ITT office

Yokosuka Bowling Center

Liberty Centers (Spectrum and Loft)

Yokosuka Arcade

MWR clubs

Ikego MWR office

Negishi MWR office

‘Where’s Rudolph?’ clue locations

Yokosuka SAC Center

Yokosuka Library

Yokosuka Bowling Center

Yokosuka Arcade

All teen centers

All youth centers

All CDCs

Ikego MWR office

Negishi MWR office

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