Holbrook: Thief steals car on test drive after pushing owner out

HOLBROOK: Police are today searching for a carjacker after a thief posed as a car buyer to steal a Mercedes.

The silver sports car was advertised for sale and the offender called the owner to discuss the possibility of purchasing the vehicle several times before visiting him at his home in Denmark Gardens.

The pair arranged to meet on Sunday afternoon to give the thief an opportunity to test drive the Mercedes and examine the car before deciding whether or not to buy the vehicle.

However – much to the seller’s horror – the offender pushed him out of the passenger seat with force, slammed the car door and drove off at speed, leaving the seller shaken in the street.

The incident happened at approximately 4.50pm. Although the seller contacted Suffolk police immediately to report the theft and the local area was searched, the vehicle has yet to be found.

The registration number is AV58LNO and the thief is described as Asian and in his mid-30s.

He told the car seller his name was John and is of very slim build and approximately 5ft 10 ins.

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His short dark hair is thinning on top and he spoke with a slight London accent.

When he stole the Mercedes, he was wearing a blue checked shirt, a black jacket, dark jeans and shiny plimsole-type shoes.

Anybody with information about this incident should call Detective Sergeant Tam Burgess at West Suffolk CID on 01284 774100.

Alternatively, witnesses can give evidence anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

All information is vital.