Braintree: Car stolen at gunpoint outside Great Leighs race course after man advertised it for sale on Gumtree
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A man had his car stolen at gunpoint during a test drive.
The Braintree man, who does not want to be identified, was selling his car online through Gumtree.
He was contacted by a man and a woman who met him at his home address for a test drive.
The male suspect, who was driving, pulled into a lay-by at Great Leighs race track and pointed a gun at the victim, telling him to get out of the car.
The pair then sped off, at around 8pm on March 25, leaving the victim very shaken.
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Police recovered the high-value car intact nine hours later in Benfleet.
Efits of the man and woman have been issued by Essex Police.
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The man is described as just under 6ft tall, in his 30s, of stocky build and with a London accent.
The woman was 5ft 5ins, in her late 20s, and of slim build.
It is thought a third person may have been hidden in the car the suspects arrived in to drive it away.
The victim said: “I would warn anyone who is considering taking a stranger on a test drive to make sure that they get a copy of their driving licence, check their insurance documents and make a note of the registration number of the vehicle they arrive in.”