Searches underway after crash thieves steal Audi
An investigation is underway after robbers forced a woman from her car in Oldbury before driving the suspected stolen Audi at police in Wolverhampton last night (24 June).
Officers received an emergency call at 5.30pm after a car drove into the back of a woman’s Audi A3 on Pound Road.
The offenders, in a Vauxhall Astra, accelerated into the back of the car and when the motorist got out to find out what was going on, a man ran past her and drove off in her ‘12’ plate car – also escaping with the woman’s handbag, which was inside.
The offenders drove off, in convoy, towards Langley Farm Road.
Police were quickly despatched and details of the stolen vehicle were circulated to all officers in the area.
Around two hours later officers on patrol in Norfolk Road, Penn Fields spotted a car matching the description of the stolen white Audi ‘S line’. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, which was driven at police as it attempted to get away from the scene.
Three men were seen running from the area and officers flooded the neighbourhood to conduct searches for the suspects.
Detective sergeant Toby Davis, from Wolverhampton Force CID, is leading the inquiry. He said: “This is a serious crime and we want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Pound Road, or Penn Fields later in the evening and saw this car to contact us.
"The crime happened during rush hour just off the main Wolverhampton Road and the stolen car is bound to have driven through busy commuter traffic along the Birmingham New Road to Wolverhampton.
“Thankfully neither the car’s owner or the police officer were injured but we need to trace these people as they were prepared to use violence to commit their crimes.”
The Audi remains outstanding and enquiries are continuing throughout the area this afternoon.
DS Davis added: “The car may well have been changed onto false number plates and so we want to hear from anyone who has spotted an unusual car parked in their street, or who has seen anything suspicious.”
Anyone with information to help the police investigation should call Wolverhampton CID by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.