[CCTV image of the man police would like to trace]
Police from Croydon Borough investigating the theft of a dog have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.
On Friday, 4 December 2015 police were called at around 15:00hrs to a report of a theft of a dog from a ten-year-old boy outside a supermarket in Parkway, New Addington.
The victim and his mum went to the supermarket and the boy waited outside with 'Jessie', a brown and blonde, female Yorkshire Terrier. A few moments later a male approached him and asked if he could pet the dog. The man then picked up the dog and ran off towards Central Parade.
CCTV which captured the suspect is being released by the officers in the hope someone will recognize him.
The suspect is described as a white male of slim build, aged between 18 and 22 with brown hair. He was wearing dark clothes with white trainers.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man shown in the CCTV.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Croydon police on 101, quoting reference 3835251/15. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.