Detectives are appealing for information following two robberies, during which three victims were injured and cars stolen.
On Friday, April 21, a woman in her 30s reported an assault and robbery near Station Approach, Theydon Bois.
It happened following a test drive which had been arranged with the suspect via a car sales website.
Following the test drive, the victim was pushed to the floor by the suspect who then drove the car – a white Mercedes – away.
The victim was dragged along the floor during the incident. This resulted in injuries which were treated by ambulance staff.
The suspect was described as Asian, in his early 30s and of slim build. He was approximately 6ft 2ins tall and had dark hair. He wore a grey hooded top, blue denim jeans and white trainers.
On Friday, June 23, it was reported that a white Mercedes had been stolen from an address near Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey. The incident happened at around 9.30pm.
A man, who was described as white and aged in his mid to late 20s, was reported to have made an appointment to view the car, which had also been advertised on an online car sales website.
The suspect took the car for a test drive, following which the Mercedes was stolen from the victim.
A man and a woman were injured as the car drove away. Both were taken to hospital and treated for injuries, which were not believed to be serious.
The suspect was additionally described as being of skinny build, with mid length spiky brown hair which was shaved at the sides and back, and longer on top.
He was thought to be between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 11ins tall.
The suspect was also described as having a small heart shaped tattoo on his right cheek bone and another tattoo on the left side of the neck.
He was believed to be wearing a dark coloured jacket, with a round-necked t-shirt and a plain black bag which was worn across the chest.
He was wearing ripped, dark coloured skinny style jeans and loafers which may have been red or brown.
Detectives are exploring the possibility that these incidents are linked, however various lines of enquiry are being investigated.
Vigilance is urged among members of the public using car sales websites, and caution when arranging to meet a potential buyer.
Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.