Teen car-jack suspects arrested in early morning pursuit

Four teenagers suspected of car-jacking a woman as she waited at traffic lights have been arrested following an early morning pursuit in Birmingham.

Officers on overnight patrols spotted a group of male youths at around 1am driving around the Northfield area in a VW Golf.

The car refused to stop and was pursued into Central Avenue, Turves Green, where the teenagers ditched the car and ran off.

Three were arrested in Longbridge Lane following foot chases, while a fourth youth was detained by a police handler hiding in gardens behind the nearby Co-Op store having been tracked by a police dog.

All four youths – two aged 15 and two 16 – have been arrested on suspicion of car-jacking the vehicle from a 65-year-old woman as she waited at traffic lights in Belgrave Middleway, Balsall Heath, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Detective Sergeant Phil Poole – who is leading West Midlands Police’s investigation into a series of car robberies in Birmingham – said: “This was a brilliant piece of police work that’s led to the arrest of youths we suspect of being involved in car-jackings.

“An officer spotted the youths in the Golf and was immediately suspicious; it turned out their hunch was spot-on as the car was stolen and being driven on false plates.

“We got police back-up to the scene quickly and contained the area. Three were arrested very quickly and a police dog tracked to a fourth suspect who was lying low in a garden.

“We have made close on 30 arrests now in relation to car robberies in south Birmingham over the past few months. Many of these are teenage boys – but age is no excuse and we will push for strong court sentences on anyone committing these types of offences.”

All four suspects are in police custody and will be questioned today.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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