It's just not cricket

Police are investigating a series of thefts and subsequent deceptions from cricket grounds in the Benalla and Glenrowan areas earlier this month, Victoria Police say.

Investigators have been told an unknown offender/s attended a cricket oval on Ackerly Avenue, Benalla sometime between 1.30pm and 4pm on 3 February.

It is believed they took a beige purse containing a driver’s licence and bank cards from a handbag, which had been left on the side of the field among a pile of players’ personal belongings.

The card was subsequently used at a Benalla supermarket and fast food store in Glenrowan.

Sometime between 1.30pm and 6pm on the same day, cricket players at a Bridge Road West oval also reported their belongings had been tampered with, with cash stolen from two separate victims.

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

He is described as aged in his mid-40s to 50s with a solid build and white hair.

The man was last seen wearing a grey polo shirt and also had a cap on while at the cricket grounds.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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