A thief has been caught on camera hooking a gold necklace with a fishing rod in a brazen night-time theft from an Australian designer store.
The thief, captured on closed-circuit television camera, broke the store window in Melbourne's central business district before using a fishing rod to hook the Versace necklace, local police said on Wednesday (March 4).
But it took the inner-city angler nearly three hours to land his catch.
WATCH: Security footage shows a man using a fishing rod to remove a Versace necklace from a mannequin within the store just after 2am. pic.twitter.com/9S103jZjv4— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) March 3, 2020
After first attempts with a smaller rod failed, the man decided to get a bigger rod, eventually snagging the US$700 (S$970) gold piece from a mannequin's neck in crime police described as - until now - unseen.
"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.
Police released the footage as they attempt to net the balding, middle-aged thief.