A man’s facing multiple charges after allegedly stealing a car with a baby on board, in the New South Wales far north coast.
The Holden Commodore sedan was parked out the front of a shop on Union Street in South Lismore yesterday around 9.00am, with an 11-month-old girl strapped in a baby seat inside the car.
It’s understood the car’s owner had ducked into the shop, though had left the car running and the air conditioning on.
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Another man then exited the same shop, after allegedly stealing a drink, before getting in the running Holden Commodore and leaving.
The baby was still inside.
The owner of the car, along with a witness, then followed the car in another vehicle towards the Bruxner Highway intersection, before parking in front of the stolen car at the traffic lights.
A NSW Police Force sergeant was driving past and observed the incident unfold and went to help.
The owner of the car, the witness and the sergeant all attempted to gain entry into the vehicle, before the alleged car thief tried to escape by reversing into a stationary car.
The sergeant was then able to get into the car and arrest the 25-year-old man.
He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with take motor vehicle with occupant on board, steal motor vehicle, use offensive instrument to prevent apprehension, drive while disqualified and shoplifting.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court today, December 6.
The baby was distressed but luckily unharmed.