Officers from West Midlands Police are searching for two men who attacked a heavily pregnant 22-year-old woman and stole her car from a Yardley car park.
The woman – who was eight months pregnant – had parked up on Yew Tree car park, opposite Frogmoor Lane, at around 7.50pm on Sunday (Dec 11) when two Asian men, believed to have been lying in wait, approached her.
She tried to run away but was dragged to the ground and pinned down, a noxious substance was sprayed into her eyes while the thieves took her car keys and smashed her phone.
The thieves drove off in the woman’s grey coloured VW Golf, which thanks to an on-board tracker has now been recovered and retained for forensic examination.
Sergeant Philip Poole, who is leading the investigation, said: “The pregnant victim was taken to hospital where she and unborn baby were monitored and treated for minor injuries – both are doing well.
“Nevertheless, it was a shocking attack against a heavily pregnant woman and the outcome could have been far worse. We need to identify the offenders before they are able to attack again.”
Detectives have been trawling CCTV in the area and have conducted house to house enquiries. They’ve now released a clip of the suspects, and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Sgt Poole added: “We’ve secured CCTV and recovered the car, but we’re still appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, or has any other information which they believe will assist the investigation to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Phillip Poole by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote 20BE/244963T/16