BOWEN police are appealing for help from the public to identify the driver of a utility bearing false number plates which was involved in a petrol drive-off.

The incident occurred about 9.15pm on December 28, 2016 at the Caltex Roadhouse just south of Bowen.

Police said a man pulled in to the roadhouse and proceeded to fill a large blue drum on the rear tray with diesel.

He then filled his vehicle, also with diesel, before getting back into his car and driving away. CCTV footage shows the male driver made no effort to pay, and left with almost 260 litres of diesel.

Police checks on the the vehicle’s registration plates, Queensland plates 575 QJV, were matched to a horse float from the Proserpine/Midge Point area.

The vehicle is described as a silver single-cab utility with an aluminium tray.

A large blue drum was on the rear tray, with a tool box on each side. The spare tyre was sitting inbetween.

The male driver was described as Caucasian male in his late 20s with a solid build. He was wearing black pants, a dark coloured t-shirt with a large motif on the front, and a black, wide-brimmed hat.

Any information can be directed to Constable Lachlan McIver at Bowen Police Station on 4761 3500, or to Policelink on 131 444, quoting reference number QP1602418299.

Extracted from Central Telegraph.