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8 June 2012, 12:31
Police are investigating after a man had his car stolen while driving through Stotfold, Bedfordshire, by a gang carrying metal bars.
The 22 year old driver was flagged down and asked for directions to Arlesey as he drove along Stotfold High Street just after midnight on the morning of Saturday 2 June 2012.
When the victim wound his window down to talk, the man leaned in, grabbed the car keys and then three other men appeared armed with metal bars.
They opened the car doors, jumped in and demanded money from him. At that point the driver managed to run away from the car and the four robbers drove off in it.
At about 2.30am the same morning, the Vitara crashed through the wall of a ground floor flat on the High Street, Henlow, and two people were seen running away.
Although the flat was unoccupied at the time, the occupants of other flats in the building had to be evacuated due to concerns over the building's structure being unsafe.
The robbers can only be described as four white men. One was large built and all were wearing dark clothing.
Det Con Andy Boston, based at Greyfriars Police station in Bedford, would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident at High Street, Stotfold, or at Henlow, or saw this vehicle at any point between the two incidents.
Det Con Boston can be reached directly on 01234 275340, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name but could still receive a cash reward by using the Crimestoppers number.