West Midlands Police are investigating after armed robbers car-jacked a Ford Mondeo in Stourbridge last night (Sunday 4 September) and drove off with two women in the back.
The women, aged 88 and 37, were dumped on the roadside several yards further on after the gang realised they had unwanted passengers before speeding off towards Lye.
The drama unfolded when the masked men raided One Stop convenience store on Hungary Hill just after 9pm. They ran from the store to their waiting vehicle, which stalled, so the crooks turned to the Mondeo as the family stopped to use a cashpoint.
The same men had also raided the Co-op in Glebe Lane, Norton less than an hour before. On both occasions they threatened staff with hammers and stolen cash and cigarettes.
Investigating officer Sergeant Rich Narrowmore said: “The younger woman was slightly injured and both of them were terribly shaken by their ordeal, so we are keen to trace these men as soon as possible.
“These were violent attacks with little thought for their victims and they need to be brought to justice quickly.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 as soon as possible.”
The stolen vehicle was recovered a short while later in Bromley Street, Lye, and that and the abandoned car, a silver Volkswagen Golf, are both being forensically examined. Officers are also trawling through CCTV to see if there is any detail to help identify the men.
Anyone not wishing to speak to police directly can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.