A couple were dragged along the street when they tried to stop a man stealing their car outside a Lidl in Kilmarnock.
The man was spotted around 6.25pm on Wednesday walking on Low Glencairn Street at the junctions of Maggie’s Bar and Kitchen and the supermarket, damaging a number of vehicles.
He got into a fight with a couple after striking their car, a blue Mazda 2, which resulted in the man entering the vehicle and driving off.
The victims attempted to stop the car being stolen and were dragged along the street, sustaining minor injuries.
The vehicle was then found on fire at 7pm the same evening at Tarryholm Drive, Irvine.
The man is described as white, between 20 and 30 years old, of slim but muscular build with short hair, and was wearing a blue jumper.
It is believed he had previously been in the company of a woman in her 20s with a larger build.
Detective Inspector Andrea Templeton from Kilmarnock CID said: “Fortunately neither of the victims were seriously injured, but this was still a very frightening ordeal for them and it was made all the more distressing because of the theft of their vehicle.
“We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to identify the suspect and would ask anyone who recognises him, or who witnessed this incident, to contact police immediately.
“Similarly, if your vehicle was in Lower Glencairn Street, Kilmarnock, or Taryholm Drive, Irvine during the evening of Wednesday 4 January and has dash-cam footage that may be able to assist with our investigation, then please also get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Kilmarnock CID via 101 and quote incident number 2396 of 4 January 2022. Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.