A search is underway for two suspects who threatened a man with a firearm before stealing his luxury car.
The 60-year-old victim came to a stop in his black Range Rover when he mistakenly believed an unmarked police car on blue lights had indicated for him to pull over.
He had been driving along Upper Beulah Hill, SE19 at around 20:40hrs on Monday (17 February) when the incident took place.
The victim got out of the car after one of the suspects introduced himself as a police officer and presented a false warrant card.
The suspect then requested that the victim speak with his ‘colleague’ in their car. When the victim approached the vehicle, the man in the driver’s seat pointed a firearm at him.
At this point, the first suspect drove off in the victim’s Range Rover, and the suspects’ vehicle also left the scene. Both vehicles headed in the direction of Upper Beulah Hill. At this stage, it is being treated as an isolated incident.
Det Con Joanne Austin, from the Met’s south area command unit, says: “This was a frightening experience for the victim, who pulled over in good faith believing he was assisting police.
“The suspects’ car is described as dark coloured, and is possibly a Vauxhall Astra.
“A blue flashing light was used to give the ‘police car’ an air of authenticity and the men confidently pretended to be police officers. This was a pre-planned and sinisterly well-executed offence and we need to locate these offenders as soon as possible.
“We have the description of one of the suspects, who is thought to be white, aged between 25 and 30 and around 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins tall. He is of slim build, clean shaven and was wearing a black hooded top, with the hood worn off his head. He also spoke with a local, south east London accent.”
Officers who make stops while not in uniform will make their identity clear.
Anyone approached by a plain clothed police officer should feel comfortable speaking to them, and members of the public can always ask to check officers’ ID closely. They should have this on them at all times.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting CAD 7781/17Feb20 or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. (Source: Metropolitan Police press release)
MOTORIST STABBED IN CAR THEFT – POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
From Crystal Palace Local Facebook – Sharing a post from Sydenham local:
Hope this is allowed on Friday the 14th February at around 6:10 am my neighbour was out D icing his car when he was approached by a guy all hooded up there were two guys all together one stood￼across the road waiting and watching. ￼These guys stabbed￼ my neighbour in the chest and twice in the arm and took his car. This was on Lawrie Park Gardens top end just down from Sydenham high Just want everyone to be careful and keep your eye out my neighbour is okay and home and safe now. ￼￼￼￼stay safe everyone it’s 2 close to home xxx
A Scotland Yard spokesperson told News From Crystal Palace: Police were called at approximately 06:48hrs on Friday, 14 February to reports of a robbery in Lawrie Park Gardens, SE26.
Officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended the scene and found a man suffering stab injuries. He was taken to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
His car and a number of a personal items were reported stolen. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.
Anyone with any information about the incident are asked to call 101 and quote CAD1119/14FEB or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.