A 10-month-old baby was found in a van that a thief drove off with the sleeping infant inside.
The baby is now safe at home in Gatineau, Que.Gatineau police are investigating the theft, which occurred outside a convenience store in Pointe Gatineau just before 8 p.m. on Thursday.
The baby’s mother stepped out of her minivan to answer a phone call when someone sneaked into her vehicle and drove off with the woman’s infant still sitting in the back.
The woman wasn’t far away from her vehicle while she took the call so she noticed the theft immediately.
After calling the police, the woman stopped another motorist and tried to follow the thief, who had abandoned the van roughly 400 metres away from the convenience store where it was stolen.
Gatineau police Sgt. Jean-Paul Le May said, “The thief had left the scene . . . we were happy to see that the child was peacefully sleeping inside the minivan.”
Gatineau police are looking for a man in his mid-20s with a medium build and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue or grey coat.