A thief armed with a Stanley knife crashed a stolen car into a police vehicle before abandoning it in Halifax.
The yellow Seat Leon was stolen around 9.45pm on Wednesday June 29 after it was parked by the owners on Bay Hall Common Road, Huddersfield.
When they returned an unknown male approached the vehicle and engaged the victims, a man and woman in their early 20’s, in conversation, as the female victim got in to the drivers side.
As the male victim attempted to get in to the car, the suspect blocked the door and threatened him with what is believed to be a Stanley knife and demanded the keys.
The first victim got out of the car as the suspect got in and drove off a speed in the direction of Halifax Old Road.
Neither of the victims were injured.
The vehicle was seen a short time later, around 10.10pm, sighted on Manchester Road in Bradford driving at speed.
It was followed by a marked police car, but then reversed in to it, leaving the police car undrivable and made off from the scene. The driver of the police vehicle was uninjured.
The vehicle was found the following day on Thursday June 30, abandoned near Gibbet Street in Halifax.
The suspect is described as an Asian male in his late 20’s to early 30’s around 5”7” tall of slim build. He had short black hair and was wearing a blue and black coloured hooded top.
Police Constable Kristen Ford at Kirklees CID said; “Clearly this has been a frightening experience for both victims, who fortunately were uninjured.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in and around the area of Bay Hall Common Road on the evening of June 29 and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously matching the suspect’s description to come forward.
“I would also appeal to anyone who was using the road networks that evening who may have seen the distinctive yellow Seat Leon being driven either through Huddersfield, Bradford or Halifax to come forward with any information.
“The vehicle was found abandoned in Craven Terrace in the King Cross area of Halifax around 9am the following day.
“Again, I would ask for anyone who lives or works in the area, who may have noticed someone acting suspiciously, or who has seen someone with the vehicle described to speak to the police. Enquiries are continuing.”
Anyone who can offer any information is asked to contact PC Ford at Kirklees CID via 101, quoting 13160278021.
Information can also be given to the anonymous independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.