A heavily pregnant Northfield woman suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken arm as she tried to fend off a man who stole her car in a carjacking incident in Edgbaston. Her unborn baby was unharmed.
The victim, eight months pregnant, had pulled over in Melville Road in Edgbaston to swap bags with her sister.
As she got out of the car to open the boot, a man ran from the opposite side of the road and jumped behind the wheel.
It’s understood he elbowed the 38-year-old victim aside and she was then dragged into the roadside as she clung to the door frame.
Detective Constable Steph Warren said the robber turned right into Manor Road and then Hagley Road – and drove off with the car’s boot still open.
She added: “We’re appealing for help to try and locate the lady’s Honda Civic which has the registration NG59 GJX – the boot lid was flapping open when the thief drove off so I’m hoping someone will have noticed that and call us with information about where the vehicle may have gone.
“The victim suffered some nasty injuries as a result of the theft and it’s only good fortune that her unborn baby was not injured.
“It appears to have been an opportunist strike: the man saw the car running, with the driver’s door open and took advantage.”
The thief is described as a light-skinned black male in his 20s, slim build, and around 6ft tall with short black hair. He struck just after 6pm on Tuesday August 7.
Also in the car were £61 worth of ASDA shopping, a large purple ‘cord’ material handbag, the victim’s Zimbabwean passport, two mobile phones (a Blackberry and a Samsung galaxy), a red leather purse, two child ‘booster’ seats and a Binatone sat nav system.
DC Warren, added: “I’d urge people to call me if they’ve seen the victim’s car, been offered one matching the description for sale, or has any suspicions about who the offender may be.
“This was a violent theft against a victim who was clearly in the latter stages of pregnancy…the robber had a total disregard for both the safety of the woman and her baby.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Warren at the Birmingham Serious Acquisitive Crime team on the 101 number, or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.