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Man dresses in Santa suit, robs post office in Australia

Workers initially thought the man dressed as Santa came to give them candy, authorities say.

By Fred Lambert

MELBOURNE, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A post office in Australia was robbed Saturday, and the culprit was armed only with a costume of Santa Claus.

Video of the incident shows the man, clad in a fake bushy white beard, wig, sunglasses and red suit, approaching the counter of the Snell Grove post office with a sack, demanding cash.

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At one point the suspect sits on the counter and frantically snatches as much money as possible.

Police say the man carried no weapons and that no one was harmed in the incident, though two female postal workers on shift were horrified.

"They initially thought that he was going to give them some lollies," Det. Bryan Strangman told 9 News Australia, "and they got quite shaken when they realized it was a robbery."

The suspect, described as a white male around six feet tall, fled the scene in a cream-colored Jeep Compass with false plates, according to police.

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