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POLICE are hunting a bungling car thief who stole a Jaguar from Southend and then crashed it into a tree.
Essex Police has issued a public plea for any dash cam footage which may help them find the crook.
The thief – who wore a grey tracksuit – stole the Jaguar XF-R from a driveway in Barnstaple Road at 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 16, then used it to speed along the London-bound A127.
Officers followed the speeding vehicle, but it came off the road and crashed into a tree about half a mile before the Noak Bridge junction. The collision occurred at roughly 8.45pm.
A police spokesman said: “The driver ran off and an extensive search was carried out. Enquiries are ongoing to find him.
“We are keen to speak to any drivers who saw the Jaguar at any point between Barnstaple Road and Noak Bridge, particularly to any who have dash cam footage.
“We’d also like to speak to anyone who saw the driver leaving the scene or has any information that can help us identify him.”