Calgary police are looking for a man who snatched a woman's phone and then made her take money out of a bank machine before he would give it back.

The woman was getting off a southbound LRT at the Southland station on Jan. 1 when the culprit walked past her and grabbed the cellphone, police said in a release.

The woman chased after the man and demanded he give it back.

He told her she would have to pay him, police say.

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Police believe this man stole a woman's cellphone on New Year's Day as she got off a CTrain and then demanded money for its return. (Calgary Police Service)

The two then walked to a nearby bank machine, where she took out cash and gave it to the man.

He then returned the woman's phone and fled, police say.

The man was white, wearing a black jacket, a black hat with a white logo, and sunglasses.

He had on dark pants and light brown boots.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call police or contact Crime Stoppers.