Police are warning motorists to be on their guard at traffic lights after a woman was targeted by a thief.
The 39-year-old was sitting in her black Hyundai vehicle when a man suddenly opened the driver’s door and threatened her.
He demanded she get out of the vehicle, hand over the car keys and robbed her of her iPhone and cash.
The frightening incident happened on Whifflet Street, Whifflet in Coatbridge around 8.30pm on Monday, October 17, and police are appealing for witnesses.
They are also warning drivers in general to be vigilant while sitting at traffic lights.
Monday night’s robbery happened in front of other shocked motorists.
A police spokesperson said: “The woman made her way towards another car also sat at traffic lights nearby to ask for help and called police.”
He added: “The man in her car allowed the vehicle to roll forward, before exiting and running off on foot onto School Street.
“It is believed he stole a number of personal effects from the car as well as a quantity of money.”
The man is described as aged between 30-33 years old, of thin build, with a Scottish accent. He had dark brown hair, and was wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up and jeans.
Constable Hardeep Singh Dulai of Coatbridge Police Office, said today: “This was a frightening experience for the woman concerned who was simply going about her own business when she was targeted. Thankfully, she was uninjured.
“There were a number of witnesses who were in their own cars whilst stationary at the traffic lights and we have spoken to them. However, I’d be keen to speak to anyone else who was nearby and who may have witnessed the incident.
“We’re continuing significant enquiries into this incident which includes reviewing CCTV. The area of Whifflet Street where this happened is a very busy thoroughfare so I am confident that there will be people who may have been nearby that haven’t spoken to police yet, therefore I would urge them to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.