The man spent nearly three hours manoeuvring the rod around before he managed to fish the necklace out through a small hole in the window. A spokesman for Victoria Police told news.com.au the man stuck the rod through a small hole he’d made in the door, but they weren’t sure of how he’d created that hole.
The man allegedly pulled the necklace from the mannequin inside the store at about 2am on February 24, at a business on Little Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD.
The Versace necklace has been valued at approximately $700.
CCTV footage of the alleged offence shows the man sticking the rod into the business, before pulling it back out and walking away.
“It appears that the burglar was fishing for nearly three hours before landing his catch,” Victoria Police said in a statement today.
Police said the man returned to the store a number of times and broke the window.
Police called the crime “well organised”, and said they believe the man left the premises to retrieve a larger fishing rod after earlier attempts to retrieve the rod failed. He was eventually able to attach a hook to the necklace and pull it from the mannequin, a police spokesman said today.
He worked to remove the necklace over many hours and left intermittently when disturbed by passing traffic.
Police have released CCTV of a man they believe can assist with their inquiries. He is described as being caucasian in appearance, about 180cm tall with short, fair and receding hair. He is between 40-50 years old.
Police said the man was wearing a blue Lonsdale windcheater with grey tracksuit pants at the time and was carrying a fishing rod.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.