This is the chilling moment a brazen carjacker drove off with a £30,000 Audi A3 in a test drive scam – after threatening to run down the owner.
Nazim Moghal, 28, of Hall Green, Birmingham, had posted an advert for the car on the Auto Trader website after losing his job as a telecoms engineer.
But police are now hunting the crook who had asked for a test drive before jumping into the driver seat and zooming off from the victim’s home.
West Midlands Police are now investigating the theft, which took place at 4.15pm on Monday
The carjacker was filmed arriving at the victim’s house before the incident
Crystal clear CCTV shows how the criminal seemingly threatens to mow down the brave victim when he stands in front of the car – forcing him to step back.
West Midlands Police are now investigating the theft, which took place at 4.15pm on Monday.
Mr Moghal has supplied CCTV and images of two suspects.
He bought the brand new Audi 18-months ago for £31,400. He put it up for sale on Auto Trader two weeks ago after losing his job.
A would-be buyer rang him on Monday to enquire about the Audi and at 3.45pm two men arrived at the Hall Green property he shares with his parents, in a Silver Vauxhall Insignia.
Mr Moghal said: ‘The first guy walked to the house while the second one went to the boot of their car and appeared to be messing about with some money, he had money in his hands.
‘I came out of the house and shook the first guy’s hand and said hello. He asked to take the car for a spin, but I said he wasn’t insured and that I would drive it.
‘So I drove him but at one point my mum sent me a message saying that the car they had come in had left the house, so to be careful.
‘I drove the guy around for a bit and he asked me a couple of times to step out the car but I said no.’
A carjacker was filmed threatening to run down the owner of an Audi he was stealing
When the pair arrived back at Pembroke Croft, the would-be buyer tricked Mr Moghal into stepping out of the car after claiming the engine was making a noise.
‘He jumped in the driver’s seat and locked the car,’ said Mr Moghal.
‘As he reversed out, I tried to open the doors and got in front of the car to try to stop him. But he mouthed something at me, like he was saying he would drive over me if he had to.
‘There was a look in his face, like he meant it. I could see it, so I jumped out the way. My life is precious.
‘I know there was a man in Manchester who’d died driving to stop someone taking his car. I didn’t want that to happen to me.’
Police arrived within 20 minutes but the car has notbeen traced.
The two suspects are described as Asian and aged between 30 and 40. One of the suspects had a black beauty spot on his earlobe.
A close-up of the suspect. Police arrived within 20 minutes of the theft but the car has not been traced
Mr Moghal said: ‘I’ve since been down to Stechford police station and given them the CCTV.
‘I’m hoping the police can trace who viewed my car on the Auto Trader website when it was up for sale.
‘I’ve posted pictures of what happened on various websites and been contacted by people who think they know who one of the men is – the first man who wanted to buy the car.’
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: ‘Police were called just before 4.20pm on Monday 25 September to reports a car had been stolen from Pembroke Croft.
‘It’s understood the owner had placed the vehicle- a grey Audi A3 – for sale online and a man got in touch purporting to be a potential buyer.
‘He turned up on Monday and took the car for a test drive – but when they returned the offender sped off in the vehicle.
‘An investigation has been launched and enquiries are on-going.’