The owner of a Christchurch record store which was robbed is trying to look on the funny side.

A regular customer of Penny Lane Records in Sydenham took his opportunity just before closing on Friday to reach over the counter and grab a wad of cash, before fleeing.

But owner Garry Knight says just a few minutes earlier, the man had put a CD on lay-by and had left his name, address and phone number with staff. In addition, he is a regular customer and well-known to staff.

"He put a CD, Pink Floyd, The Wall, on hold and I'd have to say at least he';s got pretty good taste. It could have been something a hell of a lot worse."

Mr Knight says it is only a matter of time before the man is caught.