The white BMW 330 hybrid’s driver had a gun pointed at him in Tower Hamlets, East London on Thursday and was reportedly told “get out quickly or I’ll shoot you”. The gunman, who was with an accomplice, then got into the car where they were joined by another male.
The trio then made their getaway, according to the Met Police.
This morning they launched an urgent appeal to trace the men.
All three are reported to be in their 20s, black, slim build, wearing dark-coloured tracksuits and balaclavas covering their faces with only their eyes being visible.
Detective Constable Sasha Halai said: “This incident has left the victims shaken.
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They demanded that the driver open the door and get out, which he refused to do.
When the woman called 999, the two suspects ran away.
A short time later, the driver and the woman felt satisfied that the men had left, unlocked the car and opened the doors.
As they did so, the same two men approached the vehicle again, demanding the driver get out.
He refused until one of the suspects produced a knife and a handgun, pointing them towards the driver.
The suspect is then reported to have said ”get out quickly or I’ll shoot you” which made the driver fear for his safety and both the woman and the driver quickly got out of the car.
The two men then got into the BMW and were joined by a third man before driving off at speed.
London has seen a huge increase in car theft in recent years.
Between 2016 to 2019, claims for car theft have increased by 20 percent, with keyless car theft accounting for a large proportion of claims, according to data from LV= General Insurance.
It found that vehicle theft claims in London have increased by 265 percent since 2016, with Birmingham, Nottingham and Greater Manchester seeing individual increases of over 100 percent in recent times.