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Victoria police looking for thief who used fishing rod to steal Versace necklace

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Canberra — Australian police were looking for a balding burglar who used a fishing rod to brazenly reel in a Versace necklace from a mannequin at a high-end retailer on Thursday.

The theft took place in the middle of the night on February 24 on Little Collins Street in Melbourne’s centre, a police spokeswoman said.

“We are still looking for the suspect … This is probably the first case of a burglar stealing a necklace using a fishing rod,” she said.

In a security video clip released by Victoria Police, the tracksuit-clad man, who appears to be between 40 and 50 years of age with a receding hairline, is seen sheepishly lurking around the shop for about three hours.

He is initially seen holding a small fishing rod, and then returns later with a bigger one.

Steven Adigrati, the owner of the Le Style boutique which was targeted, told Australian broadcaster ABC he was stunned by the “outrageous and courageous” theft.

He added the thief may not have realized the necklace, a golden Medusa medallion, was relatively cheap at around 700 Australian dollars (463 US dollars).

“Three-and-a-half hours, with two rods, trying to get this necklace, was amazing. Hook, line, and sinker, I guess. He did it,” Adigrati told Channel Nine television.

“The fishing rod hook hooked the necklace and was removed from over the top of the mannequin’s head and then removed through the hole in the window,” which he had cut without setting off the alarm, Police detective Bede Whitty told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday.

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