A four-figure reward has been offered to help catch car thieves who threatened a terrified female motorist in Greenfield before stealing her vehicle.
Concerned friends have also taken to social media and contacted the Independent urging drivers, particularly lone female motorists, to be extra vigilant
The £1,000 reward has been put up by two businessmen for information leading to conviction of the two male offenders.
The attack happened on Tuesday night, August 14 within a few yards of the woman’s home.
She appears to have been followed in a dark coloured vehicle that switched off its headlights as it approached.
It is believed the woman, who was unhurt but badly shaken, was threatened with a weapon, thought to be a wrench, by the men wearing masks or balaclavas.
They then fled the scene with the woman’s car being driven away behind the robbers’ vehicle.
The businessmen have asked to remain anonymous but confirmed to the Independent the reward is available.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, dial 101 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information
An associate of the pair: said: “They just think there is better chance of catching these men by putting up a reward.
“They also just want to make more people more vigilant when they are getting out of the cars. It’s terrible this kind of incident can happen.”
This latest attack is the fourth similar incident in Saddleworth in nine months.
Last November, a woman was followed to her Greenfield home from Tesco superstore on Chew Valley Road by a gang of men.
The balaclava-wearing attackers held a club hammer to her head and demanded the keys to her upmarket Mercedes convertible.
But the brave solicitor’s screams alerted neighbours and eventually the gang fled empty handed.
Two days later, robbers wielding an axe stole a car from a couple in Grotton.
Then on March 18, 2018, a man was arriving for a night shift at the same Tesco store. The victim wasn’t hurt but his vehicle, which was later recovered in Chadderton, was taken.
On the latest incident a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson confirmed: “A vehicle was stolen by means of robbery shortly before 11pm in the Greenfield area on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
“The vehicle stolen has not yet been recovered. Enquiries are continuing.”