DETROIT - Serial carjackers are striking in Detroit. Coldhearted crimes are being caught on tape and the victims never see it coming.
Armed thieves are hanging back, ambushing people and driving away with the car. Police are hoping a good look at these criminals will put this all to an end.
It happens in seconds and before you even close your door, there is a gun to your face and you are being robbed. This scenario has played out four or five times in late September in Detroit.
Police say these two men seen in the video lingering in a gas station before committing their crimes are responsible.
It is happening in the Greenfield corridor of the city.
"From as far north as Seven and Green back south to Schoolcraft and Greenfield," says Sgt. Parnell of the Detroit police auto theft unit.
"We are also investigating a car-jacking shooting that happened this past Friday. Right now not a direct connection but the method of operation is similar," says Sgt. Jonathan Parnell.
It doesn't matter when or who is around. The latest happening was eleven o’clock Sunday morning. It happened at a busy Detroit gas station at Six mile & St. Mary near Greenfield. When a dark colored sedan pulls up the driver goes inside and seconds later two men walk behind the car. When the driver returns they spring into action.
"He was approached at gunpoint, forced out of his vehicle, robbed and carjacked," says Sgt. Parnell.
Outside a Coney Island the same thing happens. The two linger in the shadows while their victims, oblivious to the thieves, leave a wedding at three a.m. on the September 20.
With their guns drawn the suspects attack. They force the driver and his passenger out, and tell them to lie down. They take the car, phones, wallets, and jewelry. They even come back to one of the victim's to get their cell phone code.
Police are hoping that someone recognizes the crooks. They are saying it could be worth your while to come forward.
"We are offering two-thousand dollars per carjack and up to ten-thousand dollars in total of rewards," says Sgt. Parnell.
Call 1-800-242-HEAT.They just want the information, not your name.
The Sargent we spoke with says if you can afford not to fill up in Detroit at night don't do it. Also trust your gut, if you feel like someone is watching you get out of there.