Rap sheet, not spreadsheet, for accounting student

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.

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