Police seek witnesses to theft and burglary

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for witnesses following two thefts and a burglary in the Carlton, Box Hill and Maribyrnong areas last year.

Investigators have been told a white Toyota Hiace was stolen from outside an address on Bouverie Street Carlton about 10.10pm on 23 April, 2023.

It is believed an unknown man attended a petrol station on Elgar Road, Box Hill in the stolen vehicle about 7.10am the next day.

Officers believe the man filled up the stolen Toyota van with $48 worth of petrol, before entering the store.

It is believed he then selected numerous items, before driving off without attempting to pay.

As he was driving away, the store’s attendant chased after the vehicle but was unable to stop it from driving away.

The next day, on 25 April, it is believed the same man entered a shopping centre on Maribyrnong Road, where he stole an Optus Wi-Fi router and a large battery from a pop-up store.

Investigators have released images and CCTV footage of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

The offender is perceived as being Caucasian in appearance, medium build, about 180cm tall, with black hair and in his late 20’s.

He was seen wearing a t-shirt with a yellow circular emblem, blue jeans, black cap, black mask and had a black satchel.

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