This thief took his chances during a robbery attempt - by using a National Lottery stand to smash through a window.
The desperate robber was caught on camera picking up the large blue stand and ramming it into a Post Office window in Oldham.
CCTV then shows him trying to barge through a door and later clambering onto a shelf in an attempt to get behind the till.
The unknown thief’s desperation peaks when he pulls down polystyrene tiles and tries to climb up through the ceiling.
Police said the raider, who struck on Christmas Eve, claimed he had no money for his children’s presents before attempting the theft in Failsworth, Oldham.
They released footage of the raid after the intruder got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.