Car stolen - then left short distance away

Worthing police are appealing for witnesses to an unusual car theft in the town.

A local man in his 20s had just got into his red Ford Ka in Orme Road, Worthing, at 11.30pm on Thursday June 21 and was about to drive away when he saw a woman stood in front, blocking his path.

A man then approached the car window and together with the woman took the keys out of the ignition and ordered the victim out of his car before getting in the car and driving off.

The car was found abandoned and undamaged, a short distance away at the junction of South Farm Road and Orme Road. The victim was shaken up but not hurt and nothing was taken from the car.

The man is described as tanned, in his mid to late 20s, 5ft 8in, and of medium build with short dark hair and stubble. He was wearing a jacket.

The woman is described as white, with a pale complexion, in her early 20s, of slim build and around 5ft 9in. She was wearing a pale top.

Response Investigator Tom Van Der Wee said: “We have not yet established any motive for this theft, and the car was abandoned but a short distance away with no damage and nothing stolen. We are keen to find this pair. Did you see anything suspicious in the area that night? Did you see the couple? Do you know who they are?”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or may be able to help police with the enquriy is asked to call 101 quoting serial 2027 of 21/6. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.