The man who recently stole a $36,000 ring looks suspiciously like the man who stole a $60,000 ring in April - and both wore black running shoes.

Same crime, same city, same look - coincidence?

A Caucasian man of medium build with glasses and a slightly hooked nose was captured on CCTV at both crimes.

The first time he stole a $60,000 diamond ring from a Michael Hill store at Westfield Mall in Henderson on April 7.

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The shopkeeper handed him a white gold solitaire-cut ring and he ran from the store towards Edsel St.

He was wearing black-rimmed glasses, a striped T-shirt, grey shorts, white ankle socks and black running shoes.

The man allegedly behind the April incident who stole a $60,000 diamond ring. Photo / Police
The man allegedly behind the April incident who stole a $60,000 diamond ring. Photo / Police

Then, on December 13, at a store in Elliott St in Auckland's CBD, a man was handed a diamond solitaire ring valued at more than $36,000 and ran from the store towards Wellesley St.

He wore a blue or grey T-shirt, green shorts and black running shoes.

The thief behind the December crime. Photo / Police
The thief behind the December crime. Photo / Police
The thief wore black running shoes in both crimes. Photo / Police
The thief wore black running shoes in both crimes. Photo / Police

Pictures supplied by police show the alleged thief had glasses, stubble, and black curly hair or a wig.

A police spokeswoman said were looking into the possibility as to whether the crimes are linked but as this was an operational matter they are unable to comment further.

If you can identify the man in these photos, call Sergeant Janine Ieremia on (09) 302 6588 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.