Wellington police are hunting a jewel thief who made off with two rings valued at more than $11,000.

The incident happened on Friday at a store in the Wellington city business district.

Police described the thief as a man aged between 25 and 35 years old, of medium build and about 5'10 ft tall.

"He was wearing a dark beanie, a brown/ green hoodie and khaki pants," a statement said.

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"The man also appeared to have a tattoo on his forearm and left hand which looks like flames or a tribal tattoo."

Anyone who has information about the theft is urged to contact police.

• Can you help? Call Wellington Central Police Station on: (04) 381 2000 or CrimeStoppers anonymous: 0800 555 111.