'Petrol thieves' seen on CCTV after running out of fuel

Two men believed to have stolen up to £1,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations have been captured on CCTV, apparently having run out of fuel.

Police want to trace the men, who were seen pushing a car onto a forecourt at Tesco Express in Ardwick Green, Greater Manchester, on 5 May.

The driver and passenger then filled up before driving off without paying.

They are thought to be behind "drive-offs" in Withington, Bolton, Denton and Stockport, West Didsbury and Hulme.

Those incidents took place between 5 and 7 April.

The car seen on CCTV was a black Volkswagen Golf with stolen registration plates.

It is believed the main offender is an Asian man in his early 20s, of slim build and 5ft 10in (1.7m).

Pc Pete Baldwin, from Longsight and Ardwick Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This is the kind of thing you see on television and it is ironic that the two men appear to run out of petrol after we believe they have stolen hundreds of pounds worth of fuel.

"The images may be amusing to people but I can assure you the offence is serious and we are determined to catch the offenders.

"I would urge anyone who saw these men or any of the vehicles to contact us."

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