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Nightclub Thief Forgets the Till is Taped

9/22/2008 3:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Note to Villa employees -- if you try stealing the club blind, you'll be able to relive your crime ... on DVD.

Seems someone stole $3,700 from the office last Friday, and cops think they know the ID of the culprit -- Jason Martinez, an employee of the Hollywood hot spot.

Law enforcement tells us there's a security tape that shows the whole thing. Martinez allegedly went into the office, stole the cash and then ransacked the joint to make it look like a break-in.

He was busted Friday on felony theft and is being held on $20K bail.

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