Bromsgrove man left waiting at airport after taxi theft

By Carl Jackson Tuesday 26 February 2013 Updated: 26/02 13:44

A BROMSGROVE man was left waiting at the airport after the taxi he booked was stolen en route to picking him up.

The resident, who did not want to be named, had arranged for a Gold N Black cab to collect him at Birmingham Airport at 10.30pm last Friday (February 22).

And, when it failed to arrive, the customer tried to contact the driver but could not get through.

He said: "When we were unable to contact the driver we rang the office - they said the taxi had been stolen within the last 30 minutes.

"They dispatched another driver who arrived 30 minutes later- he said the other driver had gone into Tesco and left the engine running, when he came out it had gone. It all sounded a bit strange."

A spokeswoman from West Mercia Police confirmed the white Skoda Octavia taxi had been stolen from the Old Birmingham Road around 10.09pm after it had been left parked outside Tesco Express in Marlbrook with the keys in the ignition.

It was then located less than an hour later in Quinton after the taxi driver tracked his phone on the Internet which had also been left in the vehicle.

The car was recovered by West Midlands Police locked and abandoned and no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Dave Wardell, manager of Gold N Black Bromsgrove Ltd based on Hanover Street, said: "At this moment in time we are conducting our own investigation in to the incident and the police are still conducting their own enquiries.

"Until we know all the facts, we are unable to comment."

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