By Connie Osborne Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 21/08 09:55
A DRIVER was kidnapped during a robbery at Hopwood Service Station.
A number of men approached the driver of a white Mercedes lorry, which was carrying cash, while he was parked up and having a break in the lorry park of the M42 services yesterday (Thursday) about 1.15pm.
He was bundled into another vehicle while one of the offenders got into the lorry and drove it away in a convoy with a white Ford Transit van and a black Audi estate.
The van was left at Alvechurch railway station and the two other vehicles were driven a short distance to Sandhills Green, where the contents of the lorry were unloaded.
Officers were alerted to the incident and quickly traced the lorry and transit van. They found the kidnapped driver who was not injured.
A driver of a fourth vehicle, a white Volkswagen Transporter, which was located on the Birmingham Road near Alvechurch , was linked to the incident and a 49-year-old man was arrested.
A police pursuit found the black Audi near Olton Boulevard in Birmingham where a second man, aged 37, was arrested.
The pair both remain in custody for at least the rest of today (Friday).
Superintendent Kevin Purcell said a huge amount of work was ongoing as officers looked at a number of scenes.
"Detectives investigating this robbery are particularly keen to trace some specific witnesses who may have vital information about yesterday’s robbery.
"They are very keen to identify two witnesses who are believed to have been approached and asked for directions by the suspects in the offending Black Audi estate.
"This is believed to have happened in the time period between the attack at Hopwood Services and the vehicles then being abandoned in the Alvechurch area."
He said it was known the black Audi stopped at least twice to ask for directions between Hopwood and Alvechurch and at least one man and one woman were asked.
"We would ask that these individuals come forward and speak to us as soon as is possible because information they have may be absolutely vital to this investigation.
"At this stage there is nothing further I can release about this incident but I would also like to say that we remain keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles involved in this incident at any time between midday and 2.15pm yesterday."
He added tracing the movements of the vehicles was very important while the route the convoy took between Hopwood Service Station and Alvechurch railway station was of particular interest.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 299S 150813 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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