A mother and a newborn baby were not injured when a naughty car thief stole the vehicle they were sleeping in in broad daylight, Vancouver police say.
The woman’s husband parked the family’s black SUV near the International Village Mall, near the intersection of Keefer and Abbott Streets in Downtown Eastside at 6 p.m. 15.30 on November 5, leaving his wife and three-month-old baby asleep inside. while walking to a nearby grocery store.
That was when the male suspect entered through the unlocked driver’s door, started the car and drove the approximately one-mile stretch to Science World while mother and baby remained asleep, according to police.
It is believed that the man left the keys in the car.
When the mother woke up, the suspect fled, police said. He was last seen near Quebec Street and National Avenue.
“For a suspect to steal a car in the middle of the day while it was busy with people is unusually daring,” said VPD spokeswoman Const. Tania Visintin. “Fortunately, the woman and her child were not physically injured and none of their belongings were stolen.”
The car thief is described as white, 25 to 35 years old. He was wearing a black three-quarter length winter coat with a yellow border and a black and yellow logo on his back, black trousers, brown shoes and a black hat with a red shade.
Anyone with information please call the investigators at 604 717-4034.
“This is Science World this weekend,” Visintin said. “There would have been a lot of people around.”
Visintin said it appears the thief committed a crime of intent and that he did not intend to injure the woman or the baby.
She said she could not speculate on whether the suspect could be charged with kidnapping.