A teenager has been arrested after a car was stolen in York – while the victim’s phone with tracking enabled was still inside.
Police were called to a report that a red Citroen C1 car had been stolen from outside the Royale Spice Indian restaurant on Burton Stone Lane, at about 8.45pm on Saturday (13 May).
The owner of the car had left the vehicle for a short time while she went into the restaurant.
Then a male suspect got in and drove off.
The victim chased after the stolen car – and it stopped about 50 metres up the road, allowing her to catch up and attempt to open the door.
But the suspect then drove off again, knocking over the victim who suffered minor injuries which required hospital treatment.
The victim’s phone was in the vehicle, and officers were able to track it in real time as it drove up the A19 towards Easingwold.
Police spotted the car near Easingwold – but the driver jumped out and ran off.
A 17-year-old suspect was arrested near Crayke a short time later, on suspicion of theft of a vehicle, driving without due care and attention, and driving without a licence or insurance.
He has been released on bail while enquiries continue.
Officers want to hear from anyone who saw the incident take place in York, or saw the suspect at any point.
He is described as
- about 6ft tall
- with a slim build
- short brown hair
- and slight stubble.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey hoodie, dark jogging bottoms and dark trainer.
Anyone who may have captured CCTV or dashcam footage showing the red Citroen C1 as it was being driven from York towards Easingwold is also asked to get in touch.
If you can help police, you can contact them on the numbers below.
How to help the police
- Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Robert Oliver
- Email Robert Oliver here
- Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
- Quote reference number 12230085988