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Gone burglin’: Man spotted stealing Versace necklace with fishing rod

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WATCH: Police are investigating an incident where a man used a fishing rod to commit a burglary on a high-end fashion store in Melbourne last month – Mar 4, 2020

Call him the one that got away with a Versace necklace.

Police in Australia are asking for the public’s help in catching a man who allegedly stole an expensive necklace off a mannequin using a fishing rod, in a bizarre early morning burglary last month.

The incident happened at a high-end store in downtown Melbourne on Feb. 24, Victoria police said in a news release. Investigators have released CCTV video of the angling burglar in action, in hopes that someone will recognize him.

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The video shows a man in his 40s or 50s inserting a fishing rod through an apparent hole in the shop’s glass window.

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“It appears that the burglar was fishing for nearly three hours before landing his catch,” police said.

They added that he managed to snag the necklace around 2 a.m. that morning.

The man broke a hole in the glass and used two different rods before he managed to snag the necklace, police told Australia’s ABC News. The necklace itself was worth about $800 Australian.

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“It’s pretty outrageous and courageous,” shop owner Steven Adigrati told ABC. “To think he went back once, then twice, with a fishing rod and a hook, to make a hole in the window then capture that necklace. I was pretty shocked.”

The necklace was one of Versace’s Medusa-faced pendants on a gold chain, Adrigrati told ABC. An image he provided resembles a crystal-studded pendant on Versace’s website.

A Versace crystal pendant necklace is shown with a Medusa-head design. Versace

Adigrati told Nine News he was amazed by the man’s efforts.

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“Three and a half hours, with two rods, trying to get this necklace,” he said. “Hook, line and sinker, I guess. He did it.”

The thief was well-organized, Senior Const. Bede Whitty told ABC.

“It’s fairly blatant and it’s quite bold as well,” Whitty said.

“I’ve not seen someone use a fishing rod to commit a burglary in the past.”