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Joshua Lee Bolling, "costumed" Easter Bunny, arrested at Virginia mall on drug charges

Joshua Lee Bolling
Danville Police Department
Joshua Lee Bolling
Danville Police Department

(CBS/WFMY) DANVILLE, Va. - Possible crime or viral advertising for a "Bad Santa" spinoff?

Police say Joshua Lee Bolling, a costumed Easter Bunny,  was arrested on drug charges Friday at a Virginia mall after there were complaints that he was "acting suspicious."

Danville police arrested Bolling, 24, at the Piedmont mall on charges of illegally possessing prescription narcotics, reports CBS affiliate WFMY. Bolling was not a mall employee but he was working for a company hired to provide Easter entertainment.

Witnesses told police that Bolling's allegedly suspicious behavior took place while he was on break and not during his contact with children.

Mall management and security worked with Danville Police to observe Bolling's activities. Authorities caught him with pills he did not have a valid prescription for, WFMY reports.

In a small act of mercy, police reportedly walked Bolling away from the public area before arresting him, presumably sparing some children years of Easter-related therapy.