Six men wearing balaclavas surrounded a family’s car outside their home in Chorlton before locking them inside and burgling their house.
Shortly after midnight on May 10 a man and his wife and their two young children arrived home on Woodpecker Road in Chorlton.
As they pulled up outside the house their car, a white Mercedes C Class, was surrounded by the six men wearing balaclavas and masks.
The men threatened the family with a gun, stole their keys and locked them all in the car before burgling their house, they then dragged the family out of the car and attempted to steal it, but were unable to get the car started due to the keyless ignition system, the men then got into a black Renault Meganne and drove away.
Today May 11 after a police investigation was launched have arrested a 19-year old male on suspicion of robbery, this was following a short police chase which ended on Plymouth Grove in Longsight where he remains in custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Tony Lea from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said: “This was a terrifying robbery targeting a young family, purely because they have a nice car, luckily there were no injuries, but we could have had a tragedy on our hands.
“We have made an arrest however our investigation is still in its early stages and we need to hear from anyone who saw anything unusual.
“We would also like to hear from anyone in the area who may have CCTV cameras, your footage could help our investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4573, or ringing 101 quoting incident number 2799 of 10/05/17 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.