Police have warned parents not to leave their children unattended in the car after thieves stole a car with a sleeping toddler in the back over the weekend and dropped the child off near a busy road.
Kingston Police said the child’s father parked his car outside a grocery store on Nepean Highway in Chelsea, southeast of Melbourne, around 4pm on Sunday before leaving the infant for a few minutes to run errands. I was.child I was sleeping in the back seat and the engine and air conditioning were running.
The thief is said to have used the opportunity to get into a Volkswagen SUV and drive off with a 2-year-old boy in the back seat. A passerby spotted the child wandering Bath Street shortly afterwards.
“Miraculously, the child was unharmed and police quickly returned him to his parents’ arms,” police said.
“This situation serves as a timely reminder. Never leave young children unattended in the car. A lot can happen in the space of a minute or two.”
Police have yet to locate the vehicle that was last seen driving erratically southward along the Nepean Highway.
It occurs while the police are investigating another case in Yarraville. Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a man attempted to carjack a resident who backed out of the driveway of his home on Stephen’s Street.
Police claim the man got into the car while the resident was driving and demanded that it be stopped.
After neighbors came to his aid and pinned the suspected carjacker to the ground, the man managed to break free and flee towards Lenox Street.