STAFF members chased off a would-be shoplifter after they spotted him trying to steal £200 of spirits on New Years Day.

The man walked in to the Co-op at The Pantiles, Billericay and put £200 of spirits into a blue pull along suitcase.

However staff spotted him and chased him.

He dumped the suitcase and made off empty handed.

Police are looking to speak to the man captured on these CCTV images in connection with the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Colin McCabe at the Retail Crime unit at Basildon Police Station on 101.