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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Vinyl record thief set to face the music

An old school music enthusiast is preparing to face the music after being caught with more than $60,000 worth of stolen vinyl records in Melbourne.

Melbourne East police say the avid vinyl collector attended various electronic stores on at least 13 occasions over the past four months, allegedly leaving with a handful for LPs each time.

Calling on the assistance of the Melbourne East Neighbourhood Policing and the intelligence gathering skills of the Melbourne Divisional Response Unit, officers were able to trawl through CCTV vision and identify the vintage album fan.

The stolen record collection.

Becoming #1 on their hit list, Police worked with store staff to turn the tables on the alleged thief and caught the man in the act at a La Trobe Street store on Wednesday.

Officers executed a search warrant at a North Melbourne address and seized more than 400 vinyl records along with a small amount of heroin and marijuana.

The North Melbourne man is expected to be charged on summons for numerous shop thefts.

It appears the alleged thief was no one hit wonder, with investigations ongoing in relation to numerous record thefts in nearby suburbs to determine whether they are linked.

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