VIOLENT carjackers have carried out three terrifying broad daylight robberies in Solihull this month.
West Midlands Police are investigating a spate of armed carjackings which they believe were committed by the same gang.
On Tuesday (July 14), a man in his 50s was pushed to the floor and punched as his white Audi RS3 was stolen on Stratford Road at around 3pm.
He had been confronted by three masked men at a petrol station forecourt who drove off in his car. They had pulled up in a black VW Golf, on false plates, which was driven by a fourth member of the group.
The VW Golf had been stolen after a carjacking in Beauchamp Road at around 10.30am the same day.
A man in his 70s was approached by three men in balaclavas who had pulled up in a white Audi A1 driven by an accomplice. After taking the keys to the man’s vehicle they drove off in both cars.
And on July 3, a woman in her 30s was knocked to the floor as her black BMW X5 was taken from Silhill Hall Road at around 3.20pm. The offenders had again been dropped off in another vehicle, this time a silver VW Golf, and drove off in convoy.
DC Amrit Nepaul, from West Midlands Police CID in Solihull, said: “This was a terrifying situation for the victims to be faced with.
“These men were not afraid to use violence to get what they wanted. The victims were left in fear of what would happen to them.
“The Audi RS3 stolen on Tuesday has since been recovered but we need to trace these men to stop them striking again.
“We’re following lines of enquiry but if you’ve heard anything, or know who is involved, we need you to contact us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, by calling 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Quote reference number 20SH/164245E/20.
See above for shocking CCTV footage of the robberies.