IT wasn’t so much a petrol drive-off as a highway robbery.

Two men are on the run after they brazenly stole more than $500 worth of fuel from a service station.

Police said a ute pulled into the United petrol station on the South Gippsland Highway, Tooradin about 3.30pm on November 1 last year.

The passenger of the vehicle got out and, wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, filled a large red tank on the tray of the ute with 423 litres of diesel valued at $550.

He then got back in the vehicle, making no attempt to pay and the pair drove off, turning citybound onto the South Gippsland Highway.

Investigators said it’s unusual for such a large amount of fuel to be stolen, with offenders usually filling their vehicle’s tank and then driving off.

It’s the largest amount of fuel stolen from the particular service station.

Police have released CCTV images of a man and a ute they are hoping the public will help identify.

The ute is a 2001 blue Ford with a white bonnet bearing the registration QXC418.

The man, tall with a slim build was wearing a dark hoodie and sunglasses.

Anyone with information is urged to contact First Constable Megan Zurek at Cranbourne Police Station on 5991 0600 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Extracted from Herald Sun.