The brazen thief was filmed perching on a wall, reaching out to grab the camera from its mounting at a house in Bellville.

Cape Town - Cape Town police are looking for a young man who allegedly stole a surveillance camera, not realising that his image had already been captured.

The brazen thief was filmed perching on a wall, reaching out to grab the camera from its mounting at a house in Bellville.

Bellville police are appealing to the public to help trace the young man.

Police spokesperson André Traut said: “On September 10, a surveillance camera was stolen from a residence in Bellville, but before the suspect could remove the camera, an image of him was captured on the surveillance system.”

If you recognise the man shown in the photograph, call Constable Zandiswa Dekeda of Bellville Detectives Services on 021 918 3810/ 3010.

Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated confidentially.

Cape Times