Southbank police are appealing for public assistance to identify a man who removed a thermal imaging camera from a post on Southbank Promenade last month.
The camera valued at $15,000 and belonging to Fire Response Victoria was attached to the post on Riverside Quay while firefighters attended a bin fire on Monday 3 May.
Firefighters left the scene and at 6.30pm CCTV footage shows a man approaching the camera site, taking footage of the camera with his mobile phone before taking the camera down from the post and walking away.
The camera is shaped like a handheld speed camera and has a sticker affixed indicating that it is property belongs to Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).
The man is described as approximately 170cm tall, aged between 40-50years, with dark grey hair and is balding.
Investigators have released an image and CCTV footage of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.
Anyone who recognises the man, or has information that could assist police is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au