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Complex braking system defeats 'heartless' would-be car thieves: Claremont Road, Penn Fields

Date of Incident: 21/10/2011

Posted on: October 23rd, 2011 by 2049

Police in Wolverhampton are appealing for witnesses after three men tried to steal a car while the owner and his child were trying to get in the vehicle.

The attempted robbery happened on Claremont Road, Penn Fields on Monday 3 October at around 5:15pm.

The 41-year-old was getting into his black BMW X6 with his two-year-old daughter after picking her up from school.

As they were getting into the vehicle, they were approached by three men.

The men demanded the car keys from the victim, punching him in the chest as they did so.

He handed over the keys and the men got into the vehicle however they were unable to drive it away due to the complex braking system.

All three offenders then ran away down Claremont Road, turning right into Lea Road.

Detective Constable Melodie Rideout, from Force CID, said:

"This was a particularly heartless attack where the offenders have assaulted the victim in front of his two-year-old daughter, causing her considerable distress.

"Fortunately they didn't get away with what they wanted, but we still need to catch these individuals and bring them to justice."

The first offender is described as:

  • a black male
  • 5ft 6 to 5ft 7 tall
  • aged early to mid 20s
  • stocky build
  • short black hair
  • wearing a black hooded top with two tassels from the neckline, black tracksuit bottoms with stripes down the outer legs and local 'gangster' style accent

The second offender is described as:

  • a black male
  •  5ft 5 to 5ft 6 tall
  • aged early to mid 20s
  • average build
  • short black hair
  • dark, bloodshot eyes
  • wearing a black puffa square quilted jacket and trainers

The third offender is described as:

  • a black male
  • 5ft 10 to 5ft 11 tall
  • aged early to mid 20s
  • stocky build
  • short black hair
  • West Indian accent
  • wearing a black top and bottoms

Anyone who saw what happened or may have seen the offenders fleeing the scene is asked to call Force CID in Bloxwich on 0345 113 5000.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Contact Details

Division/Station: Force CID in Bloxwich

Name: Melodie Rideout

Telephone: 0345 113 5000

Incident Location


Claremont Road
Penn Fields
Wolverhampton
WEST MIDLANDS

The location of the incident marked on this map is approximate