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Car stolen from woman is later used in robbery
Monday 5th January, 2009

A car was stolen from a woman in Wigan and then used in a robbery.

At 11.10pm on Thursday 1 January 2009, police received a report of a robbery on Dean Crescent, Kitt Green, Wigan.

The victim had stopped to make a phone call on Dean Crescent.

She got back in and attempted to reverse her car, when two men dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas ran up and shouted at her to get out of the car.

One of the men opened the door and pulled the victim to the ground.

They both got into the silver Vauxhall Corsa and drove off.

The car has since been used in a robbery on Walkden Avenue, near Barton Avenue, Wigan, between 2.45am and 3am on Saturday 3 January 2009.

Three people were walking home when the car drove past, turned around and then pulled up beside them.

Two men got out of the car and stole a laptop and bag and drove off again.

The passenger in the car was described as white, around 19-20 years old, 5ft 7ins tall, with a scarf over his face and a dark hooded top with the hood up.

The driver is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, about 19-20 years old and was wearing a white baseball cap and white jacket.

Detective Constable Danny Ritchie from Wigan CID said: "These offenders stole a car off a lone woman, who was lucky not to have been injured, and then gone on to commit at least one more crime with it.

"The car has now been recovered but we are still searching for these men and are looking for information about who they are and where they may have been since stealing the car.

"If anyone was in the area at the time of either incident and saw what happened or has seen the car since it was stolen please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 1283 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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