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Car stolen with baby inside – police asking for public’s help

By 20 February 2014 12

silver mazda 3

The ABC reports that a car was stolen this afternoon with an eight-month-old baby inside, and police are asking for the public’s help to find the car.

The car is a silver 1999 Mazda 323 Protege with ACT registration YEZ 70R, like the attached picture, and was stolen from Gunghalin at around 2pm. Cases like this have ended very badly before, so keep your eyes peeled and call the cops on 131 444 if you see it.

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12 Responses to Car stolen with baby inside – police asking for public’s help
#1
bundah8:50 am, 21 Feb 14

Being a good samaritan is fraught with danger. Fortunately it ended well for baby and mum and as for the POS a lengthy stint in the slammer is in order.

#2
IrishPete10:12 am, 21 Feb 14

bundah said :

Being a good samaritan is fraught with danger. Fortunately it ended well for baby and mum and as for the POS a lengthy stint in the slammer is in order.

On 666 this morning there was an interview with the woman at whose house the car and baby were found. The car thief parked the car in a driveway (no-one has explained what happened to its bonnet).

He broke into the house and put the baby on the back verandah. The interviewer kept saying the baby was in a stroller, so if that’s true the car thief took the baby from the car, put it in a stroller and put it on the back verandah. But the woman didn’t confirm the baby was in a stroller, and I am inclined to think the interviewer had it wrong, and the baby was in whatever it was contained in in the car (maybe a car seat that converts to stroller? do they exist?).

So, he carjacked a car, but having found it had a baby in the back he tried to do something to ensure the baby he was safe. He didn’t do a great job of it, because it was quite some time before anyone found the car and baby.

IP

#3
sepi4:32 pm, 21 Feb 14

I thought he tried quite hard to do something semi-ok with the baby too.

The bonnet was off cos it was up when he drove off, and then fell off. (i think he clamed he needed a jump start, then leaped in her car.)

Still – the panic that mum must have been in for 2 hours til the baby was found and all ok will have taken years off her life I’d say.

#4
Squeezle4:38 pm, 21 Feb 14

I read that the bonnet was up when the guy jumped in and drove off, and it eventually detached – the Canberra Times report says the part was found “no more than 10metres away from the car”. Same report also says the baby was found with a bottle and a toy in the stroller, so I’m guessing he took the stroller out (possibly it was in the back seat and not the boot) and set the baby up before legging it.

#5
willo5:34 pm, 21 Feb 14

I was driving from duffy to gungahlin during the ending period of this incident and police cars / bikes/ paddy wagons were everywhere when we got to palmerston an undercover car had one side of kosiosko blocked off and a paddy wagon sped past us and parked across the nearer side blocking it off. I am very happy to hear that it all ended well but this incident has made me wonder about a few things I will probably never know the answer to.
Did this scumbag actually own the “broken down” car or was it one he had previously stolen or was the wanker just standing next to a car that had been left on the side of the road broken down hoping to wave someone down?
This was a very serious incident and was treated as such by police and media so we all heard all about it but I wonder just how many similar carjackings occur in canberra that we dont hear about? That is I mean if this lady didnt have her baby in the backseat we probably would not have heard of this one either.

#6
bundah6:16 pm, 21 Feb 14

Apparently he was considerate enough to leave the baby in a stroller at the side of a house which he then burgled. It is then believed that he robbed a chemist looking for oxycontin some three hours later.

Yet another addict acting irrationally looking for something to numb the pain…

#7
IrishPete10:07 pm, 21 Feb 14

bundah said :

Apparently he was considerate enough to leave the baby in a stroller at the side of a house which he then burgled. It is then believed that he robbed a chemist looking for oxycontin some three hours later.

Yet another addict acting irrationally looking for something to numb the pain…

They don’t usually report the cash haul, as that encourages other people. That was a substantial haul. I think I read somewhere recently that Oxy has overtaken street heroin in usage.

IP

#8
bigfeet10:08 pm, 21 Feb 14

I’m sure when he appears before the court in Canberra,rather than being reprimanded, he will be recommended for the Order of Australia for his unselfish actions in putting himself at risk of being apprehended when he bravely placed the baby on the porch.

#9
Tooks7:29 am, 22 Feb 14

willo said :

I was driving from duffy to gungahlin during the ending period of this incident and police cars / bikes/ paddy wagons were everywhere when we got to palmerston an undercover car had one side of kosiosko blocked off and a paddy wagon sped past us and parked across the nearer side blocking it off. I am very happy to hear that it all ended well but this incident has made me wonder about a few things I will probably never know the answer to.
Did this scumbag actually own the “broken down” car or was it one he had previously stolen or was the wanker just standing next to a car that had been left on the side of the road broken down hoping to wave someone down?
This was a very serious incident and was treated as such by police and media so we all heard all about it but I wonder just how many similar carjackings occur in canberra that we dont hear about? That is I mean if this lady didnt have her baby in the backseat we probably would not have heard of this one either.

Just in relation to your last paragraph, there are very few car jackings in Canberra. The handful I can remember got a run in the media.

#10
Nylex_Clock9:53 am, 22 Feb 14

It’s arseholes like this that ruin it for everyone. People hear about this kind of thing and decide they won’t put themselves at risk by trying to help out strangers.

Same as what Ivan Milat did – this country used to be full of backpackers hitch-hiking around and giving Australia the benefit of the resulting cultural commerce. No more. Unless they hang out around backpacker hostels, young Australians are now far less likely to enjoy the benefits of meeting young, educated, European travellers.

#11
IrishPete11:32 am, 22 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

It’s arseholes like this that ruin it for everyone. People hear about this kind of thing and decide they won’t put themselves at risk by trying to help out strangers.

Same as what Ivan Milat did – this country used to be full of backpackers hitch-hiking around and giving Australia the benefit of the resulting cultural commerce. No more. Unless they hang out around backpacker hostels, young Australians are now far less likely to enjoy the benefits of meeting young, educated, European travellers.

It was very generous of this young woman to stop and offer help, but in most places in Australia and the world now it was, unfortunately, naive. Even more so when she had a child with her.

I stopped recently to assist a woman with a flat tyre on a remote country road, but I was in a fire truck with other volunteer firefighters, I knew the woman slightly and she knew me, and in other circumstances I would have kept a very safe distance for her sake (fear) and mine (potential for goons hiding in her back seat).

IP

#12
maxblues12:42 pm, 22 Feb 14

Nylex_Clock said :

It’s arseholes like this that ruin it for everyone. People hear about this kind of thing and decide they won’t put themselves at risk by trying to help out strangers.

Same as what Ivan Milat did – this country used to be full of backpackers hitch-hiking around and giving Australia the benefit of the resulting cultural commerce. No more. Unless they hang out around backpacker hostels, young Australians are now far less likely to enjoy the benefits of meeting young, educated, European travellers.

Yes, Ivan did give us serial-killers a bad name.

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