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OLDHAM, England – Authorities say a thief went to the extreme to get his hands on some money.

British detectives have released footage that shows the extreme lengths a thief took in order to rob a post office in northwest England.

The robbery is believed to have been an act of desperation on Christmas Eve.

The alleged thief went into the Watchcote Post Office and demanded money from the staff working behind the counter.

In the video, you can see him trying to open a locked door before picking up a lottery ticket stand and throwing it toward the glass screen.

After failing to smash the screen, the man climbed through the ceiling into the secure area.

That’s where he was able to get his hands on some cash.

Officers believe the man was pacing outside the post office before the crime and made several comments about not being able to buy Christmas presents for children.