Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Car stolen with owner in the boot in Edinburgh

Lochend Road, Edinburgh
Image caption The thieves stole the car from Lochend Road while the owner was unloading the boot

A 62-year-old man jumped into the boot of his car while it was being stolen and was driven three miles across Edinburgh, it has emerged.

Two teenage thieves targeted the Vauxhall Astra while the man was unloading the boot in Lochend Road at 08:40 on Friday 26 October.

The owner jumped inside before the pair drove off at speed up Smokey Brae and along Duddingston Road West.

The vehicle was involved in a number of collisions with other cars.

The man managed to call the police from the boot of his car.

'Lives in danger'

The thieves abandoned the car in Craigmillar Castle Avenue, near to Castlebrae High School, and ran off.

The pair were described as being white and in their mid-teens. One was wearing a black long-sleeved t-shirt, while the other was wearing a white t-shirt.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The youths responsible for this vehicle theft put not only their own lives in danger, but the lives of other motorists and pedestrians and we are keen to trace them as soon as possible.

"Officers have been conducting local enquiries and speaking with the vehicle owners, whose cars were involved in collisions with the Astra, to establish the identity of the suspects.

"We are also keen to hear from members of the public who were on Lochend Road on Friday morning or anyone who remembers seeing the vehicle as it made its way towards Craigmillar Castle Avenue.

"Anyone with information relevant to this investigation should contact police immediately."

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