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Thief Uses A Fishing Rod To Steal Versace Necklace

Australian Thief With Fishing Rod | Image: Twitter/VictoriaPolice

Australian police are looking for an unconventional thief who burgled a store in Melbourne, Australia, using a fishing rod.

The thief was caught on camera hooking a gold necklace with a fishing rod in a brazen nighttime theft from an Australian designer store.


In the CCTV footage released publicly by the police, he broke the store window in Melbourne’s central business district before using a fishing rod to hook the Versace necklace, local police said Wednesday. The burglary happened just after 2 a.m. on February 24.

Police believe it took the man three hours to steal the necklace from the store.

After first attempts with a smaller rod failed, the man decided to get a bigger rod, eventually snagging the gold $700 (₦255,850) piece from a mannequin’s neck in a crime police described as “unseen” until now.

“It’s fairly blatant and it’s quite bold as well, to have someone attend with a fishing rod in the middle of the night,” Victoria Police Senior Constable Bede Whitty said.

The store owner, Steven Adigrati was struck by the ingenuity of the thief. Speaking with Nine News, he said:

“I couldn’t believe it. Three and a half hours, with two rods, trying to get this necklace, was amazing. Hook, line, and sinker, I guess. He did it.”

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