Thieves captured on camera stealing classic car in broad daylight

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1971 MGB worth £6,000 is pushed away from outside owner’s home – but nobody has been arrested despite clear evidence

A classic car owner had her pride and joy stolen in broad daylight – but although the culprits were caught on camera they’re still at large.

Kay Pinnock, 65, had owned her vintage MGB roadster for some 45 years before it was taken from outside her south London home. The car, a 1971 model, is a desirable ‘chrome bumper’ variant and worth around £6,000.

CCTV footage captured the thieves stealing the car last Thursday. Once they gained access to the vehicle – an easy job – the duo simply used their own vehicle to push the car down the road. Pinnock’s own investigation has established the car was pushed down a hill towards East Dulwich Road, before being loaded on to a car transporter and driven away.

She reported the incident immediately to police and supplied the CCTV footage, but told the Telegraph she believed nothing much had happened because of stretched police resources.

The offenders’ car, a Hyundai i20, had its registration plate visible in the CCTV footage and there were clear images of the suspects.

Pinnock said she was told by the investigating officer that they had done two drive-by visits of the home address of one of the suspects. However, the first time was during the day but he wasn’t at home, while the second time was at night but there were no lights on.

“I feel frustrated because this is about stretched police resources,” she said. “The quicker we can catch those responsible, the more chance we have of getting the car back in one piece.


“I am aware that there have been a number of classic cars stolen from south London recently and those cases have been closed without any resolution. I really don’t want that to happen to me.”

She is now appealing to owners’ clubs and members of the classic car fraternity to be aware of anybody trying to sell the car. “I know it sounds silly, but I feel as if part of my life has been stolen. I have owned this car since I was 21 years old,” she said.

Met Police commented: “On Thursday, 1 November at approximately 23:00hrs a woman attended a south London police station to report that her car, a black MGB Roadster, had been stolen from outside her address in Gowlett Road, SE15.

“CCTV of the theft was subsequently provided to police which showed two male suspects. Enquiries remain ongoing to trace those involved and to recover the vehicle.

No arrests have been made, and enquiries are ongoing.

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