Two teenage car jackers have been jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years between them after subjecting a female letting agent in Bradford to a terrifying ordeal that has left her unable to conduct property viewings.
The attack took place as the woman arrived at a property in the Low Moore area of the city to meet a tenant.
When three youths approached her car to ask a question she then wound down the window and one of the teenagers – who was only 16 years old at the time – grabbed her car keys.
After a tussle the woman was ordered to get out of the car and asked if it had a tracker by the youths, two of whom were wearing balaclavas.
Although the Audi was never recovered, two of the teenagers were arrested the next day.
Social media bragging
Video clips were found on their mobile phones of the pair driving the car, footage of which had been uploaded to a social media site. The clips included the duo boasting about their criminal exploits.
During the subsequent trial, Bradford Crown Court was told how the clips were subsequently used to connect the accused with the stolen car.
The letting agent told the court during her impact statement that she was now both too scared to buy another car or show prospective tenants around properties.
Local media reported that one of the teenagers had been released on bail after being arrested and then gone on to commit a string of other crimes including house burglaries, handling a stolen vehicle and fraud.