‘Outrageous and courageous’ thief reels in Versace necklace with a fishing rod

A cheeky thief made a prize catch on Monday – a gold Versace necklace worth over £400.

The man chipped a tiny hole in the window of a high-end Melbourne boutique and snagged the jewellery using a fishing rod.

Police have since released a CCTV image of someone they want to speak to in connection with the crime.

The hole in the glass was too small to set off the store’s alarms, and the man patiently used two different rods to reel in his “catch”, spending over three hours fishing for gold before reeling in his prize at about 2am.

Steven Adigrati, the owner of Le Style boutique, told reporters that he was stunned by the "outrageous and courageous" theft.

"I couldn't believe it," he told Nine News. "To think he went back once, then twice, with a fishing rod and a hook, to make a little hole in the window then capture that necklace, I was pretty shocked.”

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He added: ”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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The gold necklace, bearing Versace’s trademark "Medusa" medallion, is less valuable than it looks, which is why the thief was willing to spend so much time on his complex caper, says Mr Adigrati.

"This particular necklace looks a lot more expensive than what it is, so obviously the temptation was there: gold, bright, iconic Medusa head, so that would have been the temptation," he told ABC.

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The investigating officer, Detective Senior Constable Bede Whitty said the crook was well organised.

"It's fairly blatant and it's quite bold as well. I've not seen someone use a fishing rod to commit a burglary in the past," he said.

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Melbourne police have released an image of someone they want to speak to over the incident.

He was described as Caucasian in appearance, aged between 40 and 50, about 5’9” tall, with short, fair receding hair.

He was wearing a blue Lonsdale jumper and grey tracksuit pants.

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