Thursday 12 December 2019

Bad Santa: CCTV shows man dressed as Santa Claus robbing post office

Anita McSorley

A brazen robber is sure to be on the naughty list this year after dressing up as Santa and robbing a post office.

CCTV footage shows the red-suited thief bursting into the Melbourne post office and stuffing cast into his Santa sack.

The incident happened shortly after 11.30am local time on Saturday.

At first, the two female staff thought the man was a friendly old santa visiting to spread some early Christmas cheer but soon realised that was not the case.

“The unsuspecting employees first thought the robber was handing out lollies," Detective Senior Constable Strangman explained to Australian newspaper The Age.

"They were quite shaken when they realised it was a robbery. They were quite terrified," he added.

There were no reindeer waiting on Santa and the burglar instead made his escape in a cream-coloured Jeep, rather than his usual sled.

Australian police say that no-one was injured in the incident and are appealing for witnesses.

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