Police are searching for a blue sedan with fake number plates that has been involved in a number of petrol drive-offs around Torquay and Colac.

Officers say the man also failed to stop for them in Torquay, instead speeding through a red light and narrowly avoiding other vehicles.

The man behind the wheel is believed to be aged between 20 and 30.

Police have released an image of a man they believe can help with their investigation.

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Anyone with information is urged to call Sergeant Ash Patterson at Torquay Police Station on 5264 3400.

Alternatively they can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Extracted in full from: Hunt for petrol thief – bay 93.9 Geelong (bay939.com.au)