Bust: Thief snapped in the act, put up on billboard

2008-11-25 00:00

A billboard on the corner of a major road intersection in Auckland, New Zealand. A thief caught on camera picked the wrong target if he wanted to keep a low profile: a billboard company that has plastered his image around New Zealand’s largest city seeking his capture.

The thief was photographed by a suspicious onlooker as he uncoupled 15 electrical transformers used to boost the lighting on a billboard. The photographer knew the sign belonged to Mark Venter, who runs OTW Advertising, one of New Zealand’s oldest billboard companies.

The photo of ‘the ratbag’ was ‘too good an opportunity to let go’, Venter told media. ‘We’ve all had stuff stolen … but usually they don’t leave this calling card.’ He said he has received more than 100 calls since the photograph was posted six days ago, although most were calls supporting his campaign rather than offering information on the crime.

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