A quick-thinking neighbour took pictures of two men police suspect of carrying out a burglary at a nearby house.
Officers today released the images and say inquiries have revealed the bags being carried by the suspected thieves are identical to those taken during the break-in at Briery Road, Halesowen.
A large amount of jewellery and electrical goods were taken by the thieves who gained access to the house by breaking through a back door, police said.
Dectective Constable Julian Hawley, of Dudley Police, today appealed for anyone who recognises the men in the photograph to come forward and get in touch with them on the police hotline numbers,.
He said it was a clear photograph and he hoped that a member of the public would recognise the men who were pictured.
He added: “Although you can’t see their faces, this is a very clear image and I’m sure anyone who knows these two men will be able to recognise them.
“I would urge anyone who knows these people, or indeed the men themselves, to come forward and speak to us.”
The photograph which was taken by the neighbour shows the back of the two men who are both wearing dark jackets, trousers and shoes.
The shorter one of the two is wearing a top, under his jacket that has a bright red hood and is carrying a black satchel-type bag slung over his back.
The taller man is carrying a black rucksack on one shoulder.
Officers say the burglary took place sometime between 9am and 3pm on August 14.
However police have only released the photo today as they continue their investigations to try and track down those who are responsible for the theft.
It comes as police in Sandwell launched a burglary crackdown which has been given the title, Operation Sunshine.
It includes an unusual way of encouraging home-owners to try and boost their security.
Sandwell police sergeant Giles Dean, plays a banjo-ukulele hybrid called a banjolele, penned a song as a novel way of spreading security messages.
Anyone with information about the burglary in Halesowen should contact Dudley Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on the charity’s hotline 0800 555 111.