A pair of test-drive car-jacking incidents just a few miles apart left one trader with “life-changing injuries” and another reviewing CCTV footage in an effort to catch the culprit.
Police have arrested two men in connection with the robbery of a Volkswagen Transporter which dragged a salesman ten metres down a road, causing multiple injuries, when a test drive allegedly ended with him locked out of the vehicle.
He suffered injuries to his leg, torso, head and back during the incident in Leicester Road, Wolvey, at around 2pm on Tuesday.
Detective Inspector Jon Belcher, from Warwickshire Police, said: “At this time we’re keeping an open mind as to whether the suspect intended to injure the victim or whether this was a robbery gone wrong.”
Warwickshire Police have now arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. Both men are from Market Harborough, in Leicestershire.
Just over 24 hours later, at 3.30pm on Wednesday, a similar incident occurred less than 15 miles away.
A BMW 5 series was stolen from a garage in Fletchampstead Highway, Tile Hill, after a salesman took the apparent customer on a test drive, the Coventry Telegraph reported.
The garage told the Telegraph that the salesman got out of the car to swap drivers when the customer locked them out of the car and drove off.
In this instance, the salesman escaped without injury.
The garage is set to pass CCTV images of a man they think might have information about the theft to the police.
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