A MAN removed a wallet from a bag accidentally left in Tesco in Poole Road and placed it in his own bag before leaving.

At around 3.45pm on Saturday August 8, the victim, a Bournemouth man aged in his 40s, had paid for items at the self-service till in the Branksome store.

A short time later, he realised he had left his wallet in the packing area, but upon returning discovered it was no longer there and had not been handed in.

CCTV enquiries revealed the next customer had removed the wallet and placed it in their own bag.

And now police officers investigating the theft by finding have issued a CCTV image of the suspect.

Police community support investigator James Somerville, of Dorset Police, said: “As part of my investigation I am releasing a CCTV image of the suspect and I would ask anyone who recognises him to please contact me.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email to 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200118448.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.