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18 June 2013, 14:58 | Updated: 18 June 2013, 15:01
Three men were robbed at gunpoint of several thousand pounds as they went to buy a car in Luton last night/Mon (June 17).
The victim and two family members went to look at a car in Crescent Rise at around 7pm.
They had seen the car for sale online and expected to view a BMW 320, but when they met the sellers one of the men threatened the victim with what appeared to be a black handgun.
The victim was forced to hand over the money that he had brought with him to purchase the vehicle, along with his mobile phone before the two offenders fled.
The first robber, who was armed, was a black male, between 25 and 35 years old, around five feet seven inches tall, slim build and with a receding hairline. He wore a dark coloured hooded top, possibly purple, with dark blue jeans. The second was also a black male, in his mid-30s, around six feet tall, of large build and also with receding hair. He had his face covered during the incident with a black and white bandana and was wearing a black leather jacket and dark clothing.
Detective Constable Thomas Hamm is keen to hear from anyone who was in Crescent Rise and may have witnessed the attacks or may have information about the offenders.
He said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for three men who thought that they were simply buying a car. Instead they were subjected to a frightening experience from two very dangerous individuals and they genuinely feared for their safety. I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or knows who these two offenders are to get in touch as quickly as possible. Even the slightest piece of information could help us with our inquiries. I would also encourage anyone who is thinking of buying high value goods from auction or for sale web sites to take some extra precautions. Please don't carry large sums of cash with you when you are meeting a seller for the first time. Make sure that you have the sellers contact details, view the item which is for sale and then, if you are happy to purchase it, arrange for the transaction to be carried out in a well-populated area."