Monash Crime Investigations Unit detectives are releasing CCTV footage of two men as they investigate the theft of a handbag and subsequent deceptions in the eastern suburbs.
The female victim’s handbag was accidentally left in a store at a Glen Waverley shopping centre on 9 May.
Investigators believe it was taken and credit cards inside the bag were used over the next two days at stores in Burwood East, Ashburton, Vermont, Hawthorn, Ringwood and Wantirna South.
The deceptive transactions exceeded $1300.
Investigators have released CCTV footage and an image of two men they believe can assist with their enquiries.
The first man is perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, about 183cm tall, aged in his mid-30s with brown hair, wearing a blue hooded jacket, beige pants and red sneakers.
The second was also perceived to be Caucasian, about 175cm tall, in his mid-30s with black hair and was wearing a long black sleeve top and black pants.
Anyone who recognises the men 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