BMW 1 Series M Sport and a Ford Fiesta ST were taken in Sutton and Four Oaks, with one vehicle now recovered

A BMW 1 Series M Sport and a Ford Fiesta ST were stolen in two separate break-ins – one in the centre of town and the other in Four Oaks.

The first burglary took place in Upper Holland Road on Friday (February 8) night between 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

A couple were out watching Aston Villa and their children were out of the house when thieves struck, and they arrived home to an empty drive.

The 46-year-old said: “We got back to the house and there were no cars on the drive. We went in to the house. There were coats all over the floor, drawers open.

“They came in through the back door. We have a bi-fold door. The handle was snapped and the lock was on the floor - the barrel bit.

“A friend of ours popped around and my car was there. It was stolen between 7.30pm and 11.30pm – when we got home.

“I phoned 999 straight away. They can start looking for the car. The police came the next day. Someone from the insurance company secured the doors.

“I have got a friend who is Bromsgrove way had a similar thing happen to them. But they were beaten up. I was just glad we weren’t in the house and we were safe.

Jenny, who is a director for a health care company, added: “I had an Audi TT before and got a BMW 1 series – which was an M series one. You start to think ‘should you even buy something nice. I have got HP (finance) for the car. Even if it does turn up, I’m nervous to have it on the front.

“It’s sad you can’t have something nice and park it on the front of the house.  The police said these are career criminals who are very well organised. They are gangs and work in threes. A driver, a look out and one or two people who go in your house.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “This was reported to us at 11.30pm on February 8 and is believed to have taken place between 5.30pm, and 11.30pm.

“Investigations are on going. Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quoting crime reference number 20BE/33918J/19.”

Police are also investigating an incident in Four Oaks, where a Ford Fiesta was stolen in Harcourt Drive on Sunday (February 10).

Jamie Archer, 20, who works as an apprentice at Johnsons Mazda garage in Tamworth, and was staying with his nan at the house said: “I got back in to the house at 12.30am on Sunday and woke up at 7.30am.

“I saw the car wasn’t on the drive. My wallet and keys were gone. All the drawers downstairs were open. “They got in through the back door. Here was no sign of forced entry.

“I was just shocked. I didn’t really know what to think. It’s clear they have seen the car and only wanted the car. It’s an 18 plate and cost £17,000.

“We have got iPads they didn’t take. And my nan’s purse wasn’t hidden and they didn’t take it.

“I rang the police straight away and the forensics came around 9.30am. They were there for 20 minutes.

“My car also had a steering wheel lock but they took the keys to that too. And the keys were in a lead-covered pouch, as it’s a keyless start. But they weren’t visible from outside the property.”

The good news for Jamie is his car has since been spotted in Small Heath on Tuesday (February 11) and has been recovered for forensic checks. Three teens have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Two men aged 19 and 18, and a 17-year-old boy, have been arrested on Wednesday (February 13) on suspicion of burglary and are currently in police custody for questioning.”

Jamie, who lives in Lichfield, added: "The police have been in touch and have found the car. I got a call around 4.30pm on Tuesday. It was on different plates and parked at the back of a shop. There is a little bit of damage to the bumper and door. But I am really happy it has been found."

The frightening car crime spree escalated in November last year when a man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s were targeted by carjackers in balaclavas at Princess Alice Retail Park, shortly before 4pm. They took a Volkswagen Golf and an Audi A3 convertible.

Two days later raiders broke in to a house in Bishops Way, Four Oaks, where a family had deliberately parked a van over their drive to try and stop thieves taking a £50,000 Audi A7 Quattro .

Thieves snapped the front door lock shortly after 1am as the family slept. They then stole keys to the van, the Audi and a Ford Fiesta and moved the van, dumping it blocking the street, before stealing the Audi.

Carjackers were back in Four Oaks later that week, when three masked men approached a man in his 40s in Knighton Drive.

He handed over keys to his £80,000 Audi RS6 – but that did not stop the thugs attacking him and causing severe head injuries . The car was later recovered.

West Midlands Police highlighted the trend and said there had been 28 car key burglaries across the north Birmingham area – in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington – between November 15 and 22.

PCSO Saul Smith from the Four Oaks Neighbourhood Team said: "It appears there are between two and four white male offenders, normally wearing dark clothing, sometimes balaclavas. They garden hop over fences to access the rear of properties.

"The motive appears to be the theft of high value motor vehicles, but other valuable items such as laptops, cash and jewellery have also been taken."

Car thieves were back in Sutton in St Bernards Road, Wylde Green, where they broke in to a home in St Bernards Road in Wylde Green and crept in to a bedroom to steal keys to an Audi SQ5 worth £50,000.

Chillingly they had placed knives around the home and left a screwdriver in the bedroom, with one of the raiders making a throat slitting motion when confronted at the front door.

And less than a week later, three masked raiders smashed a patio door window in nearby Kempson Avenue at 6.30pm.

They demanded keys to a BMW from three women - one of whom was holding a 13-week-old baby. They fled with valuables but with the car and made their escape in a black Audi.

A day later a gunman then held a weapon to a man's head at Streetly Cemetery at around 1.45pm, demanding keys to his £55,000 Nissan GTR.

On that occasion the car would not start and the attacker and his accomplice fled in a silver Ford Focus.

And nine days later a house was broken in to in Whitehouse Common while a family slept, with thieves taking keys to a black BMW and a Kia Sportage , having snapped the lock to a patio at the rear of the property.

While a burglary victim had to wait FOUR HOURS 'staring at suspected car key burglars', while standing in the cold, to guard his Mercedes in Grange Lane in Mere Green in Sutton.

He said police did not come but West Midlands Police said they had sent traffic officers and there was 'no trace of any vehicle causing suspicion'.

Then a mum was dragged from her £50,000 Audi in Wylde Green Road in a terrifying carjacking, as she waited to pick up a Bishop Walsh School pupil.

While three days later a man was 'followed from a chippy' and had his BMW carjacked on his driveway in Four Oaks.

And a woman believes she was followed by men who attempted to carjack her Audi TT in Bonner Drive in Walmley.

Thieves broke in to a house in Upper Holland Road and stole the keys to a brand new BMW 1 Series M Sport.

The same weekend car key burglars broke in to a house in Harcourt Drive in Four Oaks and stole the keys to a Ford Fiesta ST.

The burnt out wreck of what is believed to be a Ford Fiesta was discovered in Sutton Park, after it appeared to have been in an accident, with airbags deployed.

Burglars broke in to a house in Vaughan Close in Four Oaks and stole six guns - rifles and shotguns - as well as jewellery and a Skoda Kodiaq, which has since been recovered.

A Mercedes A-Class, BMW 1 Series, and a Kia Sportage were stolen from the SAME home in Trickley Drive after thieves stole keys from a house.

That same night a Mini Cooper S was stolen from a drive after a break-in in Coleshill Road at around 10.30pm.

A man was taken to hospital after a fire destroyed a  Citreon Dispatch van next to a St John’s Church building in Walmley in the early hours.

Knife-wielding raiders met their match in Orton Avenue in Walmley, where a householder armed with a knife, stopping them getting a second set of keys. But they still stole a BMW X1.

A defrosting Nissan Navara was stolen from a driveway in the Reddicap Heath area in an early morning raid, as the owner popped indoors.

A Range Rover Overfinch was stolen in Ebrook Road on March 14 and then found ablaze and destroyed in Short Heath Park the next day.

Knife-wielding bike thugs try to steal an Audi from a home in a street off Walmley Road, but when they were unable to do so then proceeded to 'smash up' the house.

Carjackers 'punched, kicked and stamped on an OAP in Mayfield Road, Boldmere before stealing his BMW M2.

'Scumbag' burglars raided a home while a mum was awake, breastfeeding her 10-week-old baby in Denegate Close, Walmley and then stole two Audis.

Cocky car thieves broke in to a home in Laneside Avenue in Streetly as they stole a Mercedes and VW Golf from a driveway.

A flat-bed Ford truck was discovered in the New Hall Valley car park 'well alight' in the early hours with fire crews attending.

Masked raiders demand 'keys and money' before stealing an Audi from a woman in a raid in broad daylight in Park View Road.

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