A POLICE hunt has been launched for a Southampton couple after the theft of hundreds of pounds worth of Lego from a store.

Officers released a CCTV photo of a man and a woman they want to track down after the theft from a John Lewis store.

The theft happened in the Poole area but Dorset Police say they believe the couple they want to speak to are from the Southampton or Portsmouth areas.

Police say the theft happened at about 5.55pm on Tuesday, October 30.

A statement from Dorset Police says a man and woman entered the John Lewis at Home store at the Poole Retail Park at Redlands.

It added that they picked up three boxes of Lego before walking out of the shop without paying.

Police say they the value of the Lego was nearly £500.

Officers have now urged anyone who recognises the pair in the photograph to contact them.

Sergeant Carmel Ryan, of Dorset Police, said: “Following enquiries by officers we have now obtained CCTV images of the suspects and we are issuing these in the hope that someone might recognise them.

“I would urge anyone with information regarding their identity to contact police.”

Those with information about the incident are asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180175774.

Alternatively police say that witnesses could contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police in Southampton also repeated the appeal on social media. In a tweet they said: “Our colleagues in Dorset believe the people pictured in their appeal could be from Southampton or Portsmouth. Do you know them?”