Police are searching for a thief who stole a man’s identity before obtaining 10 iPhone 7 handsets in his name.
The incident began in late January, when a man, believed to be aged in his 20s, stole a black Mitsubishi Triton ute from a construction site in Surrey Hills.
The thief stole a wallet from inside the ute, containing the owner’s ID, which he then used to create a fake Victorian driver’s license.
Investigators believe that a week later, on February 7, the thief used the fraudulent license to set up a phone plan at a store in Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong, through which he obtained an iPhone 7.
He then visited another store, setting up two more phone plans and walking away with two more handsets.
According to police, another seven iPhone 7 handsets were obtained using the victim’s identity. These were sent to a post office in Taylors Lakes.
Police have released images, taken from CCTV footage, of a man they believe can assist with their inquiries.
He appears to be European, of medium build, and was wearing a white shirt with black stripes, a black hat and dark cargo pants.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.