Sometimes, you read about a heist so meticulously planned and carried out that it’s almost tough not to appreciate the skill involved.
Then there’s this chap, alleged to have broken into Australia’s oldest museum, who probably doesn’t have a successful career in theft ahead of him.
CCTV footage captured the man entering the heritage-listed Australian Museum in Sydney, in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, May 10.
Rather than a ‘get in and get out’ approach, he wandered around for 40 minutes, casually posing for selfies with his head in the mouth of a dinosaur skull.
Before leaving, the man is accused of stealing a piece of artwork, along with a staff member’s cowboy hat.
A snapshot of the CCTV footage via the Guardian:
If you’re thinking that this looks like harmless fun, the Australian police disagree, saying comparisons between the man’s jaunt and that Night at the Museum movie aren’t cutting it:
“It’s not going to be a movie producer knocking on your door. It’s going to be NSW police knocking on your door,” deputy chief inspector Sean Heaney told reporters on Sunday.
A man turned himself in to Surry Hills police station at 5pm that afternoon, where he was arrested and charged with break and enter.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Central local court.
According to one report, the man is a 25-year-old German national studying in the country and has now been granted bail after surrendering his passport to police.
His court appearance is scheduled for today.
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