72 year old has running car stolen

An opportunistic thief stole a pensioner’s car when he left its engine running as he went to close his garage door.

At 5.30pm on Saturday 18 January 2014, a man drove his car, a red Ford Fiesta, out of his garage on Linnet Close in Audenshaw.

He got out of the car, leaving the key in the ignition, to go back and close the garage door.

A man then approached and got into the driver’s seat. The victim, a 72-year-old man, attempted to grab hold of the offender but was pushed away. The offender drove the car a short distance down the street before stopping to let another man in the passenger seat.

They drove off towards Lumb Lane and out of sight.

The first offender is described as a white man, aged in his late teens or early 20s, of medium build and 6ft tall. He is described as having a round face, being cleanly shaven with short dark hair. He was wearing a grey Parka style jacket with a fake fur lined hood.

The second man who climbed into the passenger seat is described as 5ft 9in tall, medium build and was wearing a dark grey anorak with a hood.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Detective Constable Sue Holt said: “The man has been left extremely shaken by this incident. We would ask the public to get in touch if they were in the area that evening and remember seeing the two men described or a red Ford Fiesta, 59 plate, being driven away from Linnet Close.

“I would also remind residents to be vigilant. Don’t leave your car running and unattended at any time.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9496 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.