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Bizarre coincidence helps man solve crime while reporting theft to police (video)

By Mason White 10:18 AM September 24, 2014
The thief selling the surf boards 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A man did impressive detective work to recover his expensive surf boards.

The surfer of Melbourne, Australia, attempted to track down the man who had stolen his surf boards.

He discovered that the thief was the man who was standing next to him at a police station while reporting the crime.

Ross Moresi discovered that two of his prized surfboards, worth $1,000 each, were stolen. He decided to do something about it. He sent photos of his surf boards to a number of local surf shops and secondhand dealers in hopes of catching the man responsible for the theft.

Moresi soon received a call from Zak Surfboards in Thornbury, saying they had both boards along with the video footage and the name of the man who had sold the boards to them.

Armed with this evidence, Moresi went straight to the Prahran police station where he met Daniel Burne, the same man who sold the surfboards.

Apparently, Burne came in at the same time to post bail and gave his name to officers. Moresi was surprised to hear that the man had the same name as the thief who stole the surfboards.

“I looked at him and said ‘it’s your unlucky day,’” said Moresi, who then alerted police to the situation. Officers had a hard time believing the story as it seemed like a scene out of a movie.

Burne was arrested on the spot when he allegedly admitted to the incident. The surveillance footage confirmed that he was indeed the thief. Burne was charged with handling stolen goods, obtaining property by deception and committing a felony while on bail.

On Thursday, Burne pleaded guilty to all charges and received 120 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay the surf shop that had bought the stolen goods.