A pregnant teacher was left stranded and fearing for her unborn baby’s life after she was car-jacked by two men pretending to be police officers.
The distressed 34-year-old, who is five months pregnant with her first child, was left alone in the dark and ‘completely alone’ after they made off with her car with her belongings inside.
The newlywed was driving to a hospital check up when she was pulled over by two men in a black BMW 4×4 with blue flashing lights in the windscreen.
A white man in his mid thirties, who claimed to be a police officer, ‘calmly’ approached her car, flashed his ID card and asked her to wind down the window of her white BMW 520d sport.
He accused her of drinking alcohol and asked her to step out of the vehicle before shoving her out of the way and sitting in the driver’s seat and driving off in the £13,000 motor.
The victim, who asked not to be named, said: “My first thought was that they could hurt my unborn baby.
“I completely froze – in my head, I thought they are going to kill me or do something awful.
“I don’t know if they realised I was pregnant but I felt so vulnerable, all I could do was comply.
“It was really scary – I’m only 5ft 4 and alone and they could do absolutely anything to me.
“I felt stupid after – I have been driving for 14 years and have never been stopped but you see blue lights and you stop.”
The incident happened just before 7am on Thursday in Greenwich, south east London.
The victim said it was dark and raining and she didn’t realise anything was wrong when she was asked to open her window.
She says the bogus officer said: “You were speeding a little weren’t you – do you mind winding your window down?'”
But when she opened her window, he said he could smell something and accused her of drinking alcohol.
She said: “I thought he is going to get a surprise when I step out this car and can see I’m five months pregnant.”
“But as soon as I stepped out the car, I got that feeling of dread that something was wrong but it was too late not to comply.
“The man who approached my car was calm and chatty but then I saw the man in the car had a more sinister face and thought ‘they’re not just going to leave me.’
“The most distressing thing was being left without anything or any means to contact anyone.”
Stripped of her belongings, the victim noticed the house opposite had its lights switched on and knocked on the door.
She said: “A little old lady appeared and saw I was beside myself but she was too scared to open the door.
“Luckily her neighbour took me in and let me use the phone – I was trying desperately to call my husband but I couldn’t remember his number so I was calling the school where he is registered as my next of kin.
“They even had my house keys and I was worried they could go into my home and hurt my dog.”
Her brother-in-law arrived with police who took her home while she waited for her husband to rush home from work.
The 32-year-old fitness instructor left work early and cancelled his appointments and said it was ‘the most frustrating tube journey of his life.’
He said: “We have both calmed down, it has been a wave of emotions with my wife being upset and me being angry and having to repeat things over and over again to police.”
The woman’s handbag and mobile phone have been recovered after they were found dumped nearby but most of her belongings remain missing.
She said: “They know everything about me now and I still feel vulnerable.
“They have my ID card, my work badge, my credit card and even my maternity certificate -they could turn up anywhere at any time.”
Met Police are investigating the shocking incident.
A spokesperson said: “Police are investigating after a car was stolen in Greenwich by two men impersonating police officers.
“The suspect who drove off in the victim’s car is described is white, aged 30 to 35, slim build with close cropped dark brown hair and facial stubble.
“The suspect who drove the BMW is described as a white man, aged 30 to 35.”
By Laura Sharman
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