A TELEVISION and crates of autographed vinyl albums taken from a property at Stawell were mistaken as hard rubbish.
Ben Northeast was unloading items into his Walker Street house earlier this month, having moved from Geelong. He was inside for 15 minutes before noticing his 75-inch colour television and four crates of personally signed vinyl albums, worth $19,000, had disappeared from the nature strip.
Mr Northeast said a man responsible for removing rubbish from the property after it had sold had driven past and collected the items.
“He just grabbed them because he thought it was hard rubbish to be taken away,” he said. “After he read the first article about the missing items, he brought them to me. He had them at his place and was about to take them to the tip.”