A split second is all it takes - Gardai hunt for thief who stole car without knowing children were in back seat
Two children had a lucky escape this week, when a car thief drove away in a vehicle without realising they were in the back seat.
The incident occurred last Wednesday afternoon in Abbeylands in Navan, Co Meath when the children's mother momentarily left the vehicle to buy a parking ticket.
An opportunistic thief jumped into the vehicle and drove away, oblivious to the fact the two children were in the back seat.
The thief stopped the car a short distance away and left the children at the side of the road. The car was later found abandoned near Kentstown, just over 12km away.
The children, who are thought to be quite young, were unharmed.
A Garda spokesperson told Independent.ie that gardaí are investigating the incident, but have not yet made any arrests.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Tommy Reilly said the suspected thief was "well-known around the area" and that it "wouldn't be long before he was picked up."
Meath Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Dean Kerins urged locals not to leave their cars unattended, as “a split second is all a thief needs.”
Speaking to the Meath Chronicle, he said “Every year, we come across incidents of car theft after the owner has left the keys in the ignition at filling stations, while going to pay for petrol or get a coffee.
"Thankfully the children were alright in this incidence but we would appeal to all drivers not to leave their cars unattended at all."