Car stolen as woman clears ice from screen in Rhondda

De-icing a car windscreen
Image caption Police said the 'traumatic' incident had left the woman 'extremely shaken'

A motorist had her car stolen after she pulled over to clear ice from the windscreen.

The woman had just loaded the silver Peugeot 307 with goods from a store on Tuesday lunchtime when she was pushed by a man who got into the car.

He drove away from the scene, near the Showcase cinemas in Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Taf. The car was found a short time later but was empty.

Police said the victim was "extremely shaken" after the "traumatic incident".

Officers said the woman has just visited the Makro store at Parc Nantgarw and high value goods, which included a TV, were stolen.

The woman had stopped in Heol Yr Odyn and the thief drove away in the direction of Caerphilly.

The offender, described as "good looking" and possibly in his 20s by a witness, was wearing a distinctive pink T-shirt.

Det Insp Paul Latham said: "This was a traumatic incident which has left the victim extremely shaken.

"Although extremely rare, and not connected with any other incident at this stage, we would urge people loading and unloading valuable goods into vehicles whilst Christmas shopping to be extra vigilant.

"We are examining CCTV from the area, but at this stage we do not know if the person responsible had an accomplice, and whether any other vehicle was involved."

Anyone who may have noticed a man wearing a distinctive pink T-shirt in Parc Nantgarw or on Nantgarw Road between 1200 - 1400 GMT is urged to contact Pontypridd CID via 101 or Crimestopppers on 0800 555 111.

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