Whitehorse Crime Investigation Unit detectives are appealing for help to identify a man following a vehicle theft and subsequent deceptions in Mount Waverley.
It is understood a man stole a 2010 Toyota Camry that had been parked on Douglass Avenue, Box Hill South sometime between 12am and 7am on 28 April.
A short time later, the same man is believed to have used credit cards stolen from a wallet in the vehicle to purchase cigarettes at a service station on Waverley Road, Mount Waverley.
Further purchases were also made at service stations in Chadstone and Ashwood.
The car was later recovered on 5 May following a collision in Burwood at the intersection of Elgar Road and Burwood Highway.
It is understood a man and woman, believed to be aged in their 20s, were seen fleeing from the car on foot.
Police have released images and CCTV of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.
He is perceived as Caucasian in appearance, about 20 to 30 years old and 175cm tall with a medium build.
The man was wearing a heavy grey hooded jacket, green beanie and black scarf at the time.
Anyone with information or who recognises the man is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au