CCTV captures thief steal woman's car outside a Liverpool Post Office

CCTV captured moment car thief dragged an elderly woman along the road after stealing her car from outside a Post Office in Liverpool

  • CCTV catches a thug in Liverpool stealing a car from a woman posting a letter
  • The woman was only a few metres away and tried to stop the man taking her car
  • She managed to avoid injury or worse only by ‘sheer good fortune’ say police
  • Mersey police are appealing for information or dashcam footage after the theft 

An elderly woman was nearly run over by a yob in Liverpool who stole her car when she got out to put a letter in a post box.

CCTV footage captured the moment a man opened the door of the woman’s Hyundai and got in while she was only metres away.

The victim had left her car less than 30 seconds earlier and ran back when she saw the thief get in.

She managed to open the door and tried to pull him out but he began reversing, hitting the car behind and knocking her over. 

An elderly woman (pictured) had her car stolen by a man in Liverpool as she quickly put a letter in a post box and was dragged along as she tried to stop it being taken

The man was caught on CCTV opening the door of the car and jumping in without hesitation

 The victim had parked her car and got out to send a letter just moments before (pictured)

The crime took place outside Booker Avenue Post Office on Holmfield Road in Liverpool (pictured)

The footage shows the man approaching the car (pictured) after the woman has got out to send her letter

Merseyside police are now appealing for information, dashcam footage and witnesses after the dangerous incident in Allerton yesterday, April 11. 

They were first alerted to the theft of the blue Hyundai from outside Booker Avenue Post Office on Holmfield Road around 10.05am yesterday.

Police officers attended and searched the area but were unable to find the man in dark clothing caught on CCTV or the vehicle he stole.

Thankfully police confirmed that the elderly woman who tried to stop her car being stolen did not suffer any injuries.

Inspector Paul Rannard said: ‘The theft of any vehicle is a despicable offence which has the potential to leave the rightful owner without means of getting to work, to shop and to enjoy their day to day lives.

‘It was only by sheer good fortune that the victim was not injured during this incident and we’re aware of video footage circulating online.

‘I know that the vast majority of people in our community will be appalled when watching this and I urge them to help us trace the person responsible so that we can bring them to justice.

‘Anybody who was in the Booker Avenue area yesterday morning who witnessed anything or who has any information then please let us know.’

The elderly woman immediately went to try and stop the thief by opening the door and attempting to drag him out

Fortunately the woman was left with no significant injuries after the ordeal

He continued: ‘Similarly if you were driving in the area and have dashcam footage, please review it and let us know if you see a blue Hyundai being or anything or anyone suspicious. All information you hold could be vital to our enquiries.

‘Finally I would urge everyone to be vigilant and lock your vehicle when parked so it can’t be taken by opportunistic thieves. You can find more information and advice around stopping vehicle theft on our website.’

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook with reference 22000247479.

You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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