AN accounting student, twice arrested for theft in the past three months, could have his student visa revoked if convicted when he faces court on March 6.
Police believe the 23-year-old Indonesian, who allegedly stole two wallets from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park, could be responsible for a spate of thefts there. At least 10 wallets have gone missing since November.
Police found the man on November 6 after a victim reported his wallet stolen from near the basketball court. An audit of the victim's bank statement led police to a York Street brothel where a man was arrested for theft and obtaining financial advantage by deception. "He'd gone in, booked himself a session, paid for it on the credit card and then booked himself another session for 9.30pm the same day," claimed Constable Jimmy Nguyen. "He kept saying: 'You guys are so quick'."
The man was arrested again last month and charged over another wallet theft from MSAC, allegedly committed on January 12. The man allegedly used a stolen credit card to buy clothing and shoes online.
Police crosschecked the shipping details and recognised the man from his Facebook picture.
They executed a warrant on his St Kilda Road apartment on Thursday, January 24.
"He was stunned to see me when he answered his door," said Mr Nguyen.