Police are investigating two break-ins at Lancaster University.
The main Bailrigg campus was targeted on June 22, although officers only released details of the offences today.
Between 5am and 6am a man let himself into the Lica building and unsuccessfully attempted to break a fire door before making his way to the first floor.
Once there, he entered the IT room and took five monitors, put them in a box with other items by a fire exit door but then left the building on a bike empty handed.
Police said that at around 6.10am the same man gained entry to the campus’ bar area and forced open the double doors to the room.
Once inside, he attempted to force the coin lock on the pool table before being disturbed by security guards who chased him.
He made off in the direction of the Woodland trail where the guards lost sight of him.
Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they are looking to speak to and are asking anyone with any information to come forward.
PC Simon Bell said: “I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man to come forward and contact us.
“He was riding a distinctive purple mountain bike and was wearing a bright green hooded top so hopefully he would have been noticeable if anyone saw him on the day of the offences.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20130622-0401.”
Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.