Three teenagers arrested after car theft in ‘planned knife theft’

Officers have arrested three teenagers after a man’s car was stolen in what police believe is a ‘targeted knife theft’.

Police were called out for reports of a robbery on Brien Avenue, Altrincham, around 9pm yesterday (December 28).

Greater Manchester Police say the victim – a 23-year-old man – went to meet someone he thought was a client at an address on the street.

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When he got out of his car, he was approached by three people who were wearing balaclavas and with a knife.

The group threatened the victim with the knife before leaving in his car, the GMP said.

Officers launched a brief chase with the car before hitting a wall, and three people were detained with the help of GMP’s dog unit.

Two teenagers – a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man – were arrested on suspicion of robbery. They are still in custody for questioning.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been taken to hospital for safety reasons before being questioned in custody.

That Sgt Alison Kay, from GMP’s Trafford division, said: “We believe the offenders have deceived the victim to plunder him in a planned attack.

PD Bren helped detain a three-year-old suspected robbery
PD Bren helped detain a three-year-old suspected robbery

Behaviors like this will definitely not be tolerated, and we do everything we can to thoroughly investigate and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their heinous actions.

“We are aware that a Good Samaritan helped the victim and took him to a police station. We are really eager to talk to this person and please ask him to contact the police.

“If anyone has CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident, please contact as soon as possible. Even the smallest information may prove to be a vital part of our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 0161 856 7527 stating incident number 2594 of 28 December 2021.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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