Detectives from West Midlands Police are appealing for information following two more carjackings in Moseley.
The first occurred on Saturday (15th April) on Yardley Wood Road when an elderly man was pushed over and punched by two men whilst working on his work van. The men went through his pockets taking his car keys before making off in his silver Mercedes.
The second happened this afternoon (18th April) whilst a woman was sitting in her car at a car park on Moseley Bog, Windermere Road. She too was subjected to an assault and was punched before one got in her car and the other left in a getaway vehicle.
Detective Inspector Dean Gordon, from the force’s High Harm Team, said: “We have arrested 19 people and are linking at least 26 crimes involving car-jackings, and robberies that have happened predominantly in the Birmingham East area of the city.
“These offences have happened between October 2016 and March 2017 and we believe that the majority of the crimes are being committed by teenagers.
“We have a specialist team of officers investigating these crimes and we are working hard to catch all those responsible.
“We do not underestimate the impact this type of crime has on people and we would like to reassure the victims and the public that we will leave no stone unturned to find those responsible.
“A number of offences have happened when people are sitting in their cars with the doors unlocked. By remembering to lock your doors can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
“We would also ask people to be aware of their surroundings, if they see anything suspicious then please call us so we can investigate further.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 20BE/77673G/17 for Yardley Wood Road or 20BE/79459V/17 for the second carjacking on Windermere Road.