July 17th, 2024

Children found safe in Montreal after father’s vehicle stolen with them inside

By The Canadian Press on January 19, 2024.

A Montreal police badge is shown during a news conference in Montreal, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. A three-year-old and an 11-year-old child were found safe after their father's vehicle was stolen with them inside in Montréal-Nord. Montreal police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant says the father left the car running with his children in the back seat while he ran into a bank to run an errand on Thursday evening. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – Two children ages three and 11 were found safe after their father’s vehicle was stolen with them inside in the Montréal-Nord borough on Thursday evening.

Montreal police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant says the father left the car running with his children in the back seat while he went into a bank.

Brabant says the thief jumped into the man’s car and started driving, apparently without realizing there were children inside.

The father called 911 and police canvassed the neighbourhood and eventually found the children, who had been dropped off on a nearby street.

Brabant says the children were let out of the vehicle within minutes and were unharmed, but the stolen vehicle has not been found.

He says police have interviewed the children and are looking at security camera footage in the area in the hopes of tracking down the suspect.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2024.

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