Woman tries to fight off carjackers as they steal her BMW

Terrifying moment woman tries to fight off carjackers as they steal her BMW when she returns home from work

  • Elaine Roscoe, 54, fought carjackers outside her home in Moston, in Manchester
  • Her seven-month-old BMW m235i was targeted as she took her belongings out
  • Ms Roscoe’s car was reclaimed after she found it using a tracking locator app  

This is the terrifying moment a woman tried to fight off a carjacker after she returned home from work.

Shocking CCTV footage caught a robber ‘wrestle’ Elaine Roscoe, 54, for her car keys right outside her home in Moston, north Manchester on December 29.

Offenders targeted her seven-month-old BMW m235i and struck as Ms Roscoe picked up her belongings from the front passenger seat.

CCTV footage caught a robber fight Elaine Roscoe, 54, for her car keys right outside her home in Moston, north Manchester on December 29

She told the Manchester Evening News: ‘You don’t come home and think “who will carjack me?”

‘You see it in the news, all over social media, but when it happens to you it’s surreal.

‘You see it happening to other people and you think “I would do this or that”, but you react how you react.

‘It’s horrible. It’s shocked me, it’s angered me. I think it’s every emotion you can think of.’ 

Ms Rochdale returned to work as an accounts assistant in Rochdale last Wednesday after some time off over Christmas and left the office around 5.05pm. 

Ms Roscoe wrestles for the keys to her BMW with the carjackers right in front of her house

She parked up behind her home on St Mary’s Road half an hour later, before walking to the passenger side to pick up her bag and some letters.

Ms Roscoe said she noticed that something wasn’t right as she gathered her belongings and heard someone approaching. 

She added:’I heard these feet running. I looked up and there was a lad shouting “give me the key, give me the key”.

The offenders drive off in Ms Roscoe’s car as she calls for help

‘I’ve never experienced anything like it in my whole life – it was a bit of a shock. I didn’t take it all in straight away.

‘He ran at me, and then we’re basically fighting over this car key. I’ve worked hard for what I have ever since I left school – there was no way I was letting this key go.

‘It was only seconds but it felt like minutes.’

As the man tried to grab her BMW keys, Ms Roscoe said a second offender began to approach. 

Ms Roscoe later said of the incident: ‘You see it in the news, all over social media, but when it happens to you it’s surreal’

But the first man eventually managed to escape with the key and drive off in her car. 

Ms Roscoe then screamed ‘they’ve got my car’ at her partner, who ‘came running back out’. 

After her BMW was driven away she called 999, and then located the car with an app on her phone which was linked to the vehicle’s tracking device.

Neighbours rushed over to offer their help and the police arrived shortly after.

Using the app, Ms Roscoer saw that her car had been stopped on Duncombe Drive, less than a mile away from her home.

The scene of the carjacking. Offenders targeted her seven-month-old BMW m235i and struck as Ms Roscoe picked up her belongings from the front passenger seat

She said the carjackers did manage to rip out the tracking device, but ‘luckily we were too quick for them’ and the car was recovered.   

‘I’ve been told that they usually move the car, and the last place it is tracked is where they have ripped it out, then you have no idea where it is,’ she added.

Neighbours who saw the offenders showed Ms Roscoe CCTV of the BMW being followed by a grey Fiat Punto.  

Ms Roscoe is now waiting for her car to be repaired before it can return home.

The price for a new manual BMW m235i starts from £34,535, according to automobile magazine Evo. 

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Greater Manchester Police online or by calling 101, quoting log number 2220 of December 29, 2021.

MailOnline has reached out to Greater Manchester Police for comment. 

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