Hunt for carjacker who dragged Irish NUN along road: Police issue image of man wanted over horrific car theft that left elderly woman lying in the street
- Police hunting carjacker who dragged a nun along a Liverpool road this month
- Sister Louise Gilbey had her car stolen by a yob in Liverpool on April 11
- She had briefly got out to put a letter in a post box when the attack happened
Police are hunting a carjacker who dragged a nun along a road while trying to steal a car.
Sister Louise Gilbey had her car stolen by a yob in Liverpool on April 11 when she got out to put a letter in a post box.
CCTV footage captured the moment a man opened the door of the woman’s Hyundai and got in while she was only metres away.
She told ITV News: ‘I blame myself for this, forgetting for a brief moment that I had left the keys in the car. This car is my lifeline, I wasn’t thinking, I was just desperate to save it.’
She added: ‘I don’t wish him any harm. I just hope he doesn’t use the car to hurt anyone. It could have been a lot worse for me. I would love him to find a different way of life, he can’t be happy having to do stuff like that.
The victim had left her car less than 30 seconds earlier and ran back when she saw the thief get in.
She managed to open the door and tried to pull him out but he began reversing, hitting the car behind and knocking her over.
Sister Louise Gilbey (pictured on the road beside the car) had her car stolen by a man in Liverpool as she quickly put a letter in a post box and was dragged along as she tried to stop it being taken
The man was caught on CCTV opening the door of the car and jumping in without hesitation
The victim had parked her car and got out to send a letter just moments before (pictured)
The crime took place outside Booker Avenue Post Office on Holmfield Road in Liverpool (pictured)
The footage shows the man approaching the car (pictured) after the woman has got out to send her letter
Merseyside police are now appealing for information, dashcam footage and witnesses after the dangerous incident in Allerton.
They were first alerted to the theft of the blue Hyundai from outside Booker Avenue Post Office on Holmfield Road.
Police officers attended and searched the area but were unable to find the man in dark clothing caught on CCTV or the vehicle he stole.
Thankfully police confirmed that the elderly woman who tried to stop her car being stolen did not suffer any injuries.
Sergeant Michael Fletcher said: ‘Although some of the footage is grainy we believe that there is someone out there who would recognise the man pictured.
‘I would ask anyone who recognises him or has any information which could assist our investigation to contact us as matter of urgency.’
Meanwhile, Inspector Paul Rannard said: ‘The theft of any vehicle is a despicable offence which has the potential to leave the rightful owner without means of getting to work, to shop and to enjoy their day to day lives.
‘It was only by sheer good fortune that the victim was not injured during this incident and we’re aware of video footage circulating online.
‘I know that the vast majority of people in our community will be appalled when watching this and I urge them to help us trace the person responsible so that we can bring them to justice.
‘Anybody who was in the Booker Avenue area yesterday morning who witnessed anything or who has any information then please let us know.’
The elderly woman immediately went to try and stop the thief by opening the door and attempting to drag him out
Fortunately the woman was left with no significant injuries after the ordeal
He continued: ‘Similarly if you were driving in the area and have dashcam footage, please review it and let us know if you see a blue Hyundai being or anything or anyone suspicious. All information you hold could be vital to our enquiries.
‘Finally I would urge everyone to be vigilant and lock your vehicle when parked so it can’t be taken by opportunistic thieves. You can find more information and advice around stopping vehicle theft on our website.’
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook with reference 22000247479.
You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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