Brazen car thieves caught on camera laughing as they steal Audi from driveway

Staff writer

This is the shocking moment brazen car thieves were caught on camera laughing as they stole an Audi from a family home before beeping the horn as they drove away.

The cheeky crooks were captured on a doorbell camera stealing the £60,000 motor in under a minute from a driveway in the keyless car theft.

The group of four can be seen approaching the blue Audi A5 which was parked on the driveway on Throne Road, in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. One of the suspects approaches the house with what appears to be bolt cutters and an aerial relay while his three pals break into the car.

Despite the car alarm then proceeding to go off, the gang make away with the luxury motor, cheering at their exploits and loudly revving the engine.

Homeowner Jason Oakes, 48, watched the theft unfold live on his phone as he was away working in Wales - while his girlfriend barricaded herself in a bedroom. He said he couldn't believe the cheek of the thieves as they laughed and beeped the horn and is now fearful they could return to his home.

'It was proper terrifying because on the video'

Jason, an electrical engineer, said: "I was actually working away that night in Wales and my doorbell device went off while I was in Wales.

"My girlfriend was at home. I looked at the device and I can see someone just putting their thumb over the doorbell and trying to get into the car.

"I tried to phone my girlfriend but my phone went flat. I was working with my son, Nathan, and he phoned the Welsh Police.

"I couldn't get in touch with my girlfriend at first, we informed West Midlands Police and then I was communicating with them while I was watching them take the car off the drive.

"Jason says he struggles to sleep at night while his girlfriend, no longer wants to live in the house.

He added: "It was proper terrifying because on the video, you see them waving the crowbar at the bedroom window.

"I thought they were going to break into the house and hurt my girlfriend. I thought it was going to be a lot worse than it was.

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 25 of October 15. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.