Police probe series of linked car-jackings in Coventry
Police in Coventry are investigating a series of car-jackings in a matter of hours across the city yesterday (13 Jan), including one in which two children came face-to-face with robbers brandishing large knives.
Officers were alerted to the first robbery at 4.15pm when a man and his wife were ambushed on their driveway in Abbey Road, Whitley, and threatened with knives before thieves made off in the couple’s white Volvo V40.
Just 30 minutes later, a man was robbed of his red Ford Focus in Chetton Avenue, Radford – again by men carrying weapons – and at 7pm offenders made a failed attempt to smash their way into an Audi A3 in Anglian Way, Stoke.
The fourth incident saw a family threatened with knives and metal bars as they returned home in Dawlish Drive, Stivichall, at around 7.20pm.
They demanded keys and drove off in the Seat Leon after the victim had pulled her children to safety.
West Midlands Police detectives – who have since recovered the Focus and Leon – suspect the incidents are linked and are appealing for information.
Detective Inspector Stuart Bell, said: “This is a shocking series of robberies involving weapons that was undoubtedly terrifying for the victims. We have drafted in additional officers from outside Coventry to help in the investigation and to catch those responsible.
“A dark blue Ford Fiesta was spotted at the scene of all the incidents so our belief is that this is a linked series of offences; witnesses have described one white offender and at least two black men as being involved.
“We need to catch the men responsible as soon as possible: they are dangerous individuals and ones who think nothing about threatening violence against innocent people and children.
“I’d urge any witnesses, anyone who saw a dark blue Fiesta in the area at the time, or anyone who suspects they know who may be involved to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, Live Chat at WMP Online between 8am to midnight or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers won’t be asked their names and calls can’t be traced.