Security cameras have captured images of a man wanted for questioning over separate tool and fuel thefts, according to police.
Investigators posted the images on social media this week with a call for public help to identify him.
He allegedly stole two nail guns worth around $850 each from a hardware store on Monday.
Police alleged he entered the Wallington Mitre 10 around 11.40am before walking around the store “watching staff”.
He then walked to a display near the front door and selected a box containing two Paslode nail guns, police said.
“The male left through the front doors without making any attempt to pay for the items.”
Police said he then ran to a silver Honda Civic hatch – the same vehicle they believed was involved in a fuel theft at Norlane a month earlier.
Police said cameras captured the man filling up the Honda with $49.66 of unleaded petrol at a Coles Express service station.
He then “got straight back into the vehicle and quickly drove off”, police alleged.
The man was Caucasian, aged in his 30s, and of medium height and build.
Police believed the Honda hatchback was possibly fitted with false or altered number plates.
Police asked anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting 190164873 for the nail-gun incident and 190244376 for the alleged fuel theft.