Yarra Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for public assistance following a theft of motor vehicle in Richmond last Thursday.
Investigators have been told a couple were delivering papers along Mary Street around 7.10am near Abinger Road when the incident occurred.
The 70-year-old male driver got out of the vehicle, a silver Kia sports wagon, to deliver a paper while a 70-year-old woman was seated in the rear passenger seat.
An unknown man has then jumped out of a black Nissan SUV which was parked nearby and hopped into the driver’s seat of the couple’s vehicle.
The offender drove a short distance and apologised to the woman before dumping the vehicle and fleeing on foot through a nearby reserve.
The woman who was still in the vehicle at the time, was not injured during the incident.
Investigators have released CCTV vision of a man who they believe will be able to assist with their enquiries.
The man is perceived to be of Caucasian appearance, 30-40 years old, approximately 177cm tall with a medium build.
He was wearing a black cap, grey tracksuit pants and a grey long sleeve jacket.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to contact crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au