Thief caught after trying to steal stolen paddleboards to shop

- An accused thief thought he had the perfect plan, but it was foiled by a smart shop employee.

Police say that two victims just went in for a quick lunch at a Melbourne restaurant, but when they came out, they say their two paddleboards, worth over $6,000 each, were stolen.

Cherokee Portman, who works at the Standup Paddleboard House just a few miles away, says that 15 minutes after the robbery, 27-year-old Justin Bye visited Standup Paddleboard House and tried to sell the stolen paddleboards.

Shop manager Dave Hollingshead says that paddleboard owners should save their serial numbers. He says that unsecured numbers are easily stolen and that there is a big market for them.

The owner says that the suspect apologized, but the owner is still pressing charges. Bye is facing grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges.

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