A woman out shopping with her daughter was targeted by a gang of axe-wielding carjackers who sped off in her BMW.
The 35-year-old mother had just parked up outside Morrisons in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, when four masked men — one of whom was carrying the fearsome weapon — demanded her keys. After snatching them from her hand one of the mob shoved her to the floor.
Three of the men then leapt in her car and drove away, hitting a kerb near the front of the shop, followed by the fourth who was driving the car they arrived in, believed to be a silver estate.
The woman’s 12-year-old daughter saw the whole thing as she returned to the car with a trolley shortly after 7pm on Friday.
Members of the public came to comfort the victims, who were left shaken but with no visible injuries.
DC Kerrie Galloway said: ‘This was a terrifying, intimidating attack by four men who could clearly see that the victim and her young daughter were alone.
‘Not only did the victim’s daughter witness their car being stolen but she also had to see her mother being pushed to the floor with one of the offenders having an axe.
‘I urge the members of the public who witnessed this incident and bravely came to the aid of the victims to contact us.
‘Any further information in relation to the car that the offenders arrived in, their identity and any sighting of the victim’s stolen car would be greatly appreciated along with any dash-cam or recordings of the incident.’
Police are trying to trace both vehicles and have released an image of the woman’s car.
The robbers were described as having dark skin, wearing black clothing with snood-style face coverings. They had local accents.
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