A quick-thinking mother has rescued her child who was trapped in the back of her allegedly stolen vehicle by using her phone’s tracking system.
The 33-year-old mother was standing just outside of her car at a property on Saint Paul’s Terrace at Spring Hill, Brisbane, at midday on Sunday.
A 32-year-old woman allegedly jumped into the car and took off with her 18-month-old child in the backseat.
With her child and phone in the allegedly stolen car, the mother quickly jumped into another car and took chase with the help of her phone’s GPS tracking system.
After catching up with the alleged offender, the mum cut her off and brought her to a stop on the corner of Leichhardt and Wharf streets.
A quick-thinking mother has managed to retrieve her child who was trapped in the back of her allegedly stolen vehicle by using her phone’s tracking system
The 33-year-old mother was standing just outside of her car at a property on Saint Paul’s Terrace at Spring Hill, Brisbane at midday on Sunday
After exchanging words, the alleged offender is believed to have handed over the car and the child before being arrested by police.
The mother injured her leg while pulling the woman out of her car, while her toddler was found uninjured during the incident.
Neither were needed to be taken to hospital.
Queensland Police confirmed a group of strangers banded together and ‘assisted with restraining the female offender until police arrived a short time later’.
The alleged offender was arrested at the scene and charged with one count each of child stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlicensed driving.
She is expected to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland reported a 10 per cent increase in car thefts in Queensland during the 2022-23 financial year, a total of 1,760 claims.
A group of strangers have reportedly banded together to help stop a woman who allegedly stole a car with a toddler in the back seat (stock photo)
‘Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane’s inner city (are) experiencing the highest frequency of stolen vehicles,’ the club’s Chief Executive of Insurance, Trent Sayers, said in July.
‘Queenslanders must keep security in mind when parking their cars.
‘When possible, park your car in a locked garage or gated driveway and lock your car, even when it’s in a secure location.
‘If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a car stolen, contact your local police immediately to report the theft and then contact your insurer to check your cover and lodge the claim.’
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