A MOTHER has told how a shopping trip turned into a nightmare when her car was stolen with her five-year-old son sitting inside.
The 24-year-old was on her way back from Waterlooville town centre when her high-performance Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was struck in the rear by a silver BMW on the roundabout linking Frendstaple Road and Stakes Hill Road.
She got out to swap details with the male driver and they got into a disagreement about the damage.
The BMW passenger suddenly leapt into her car and sped off, followed quickly by the other man, leaving the terrified mother helpless at the roadside.
Speaking of the horror, the woman, who does not want to be identified, said: ‘Until this happened it had been a very normal day.
‘I had just been to Asda in Waterlooville and was on my way home when another vehicle collided with the rear of my car.
‘As I imagine anyone would do I got out of the car to speak to the other driver.
‘It never crossed my mind that while I was doing this my car would be driven away.
‘When this happened my first thought was for my son who was still in the vehicle.
‘I just panicked and tried to get help.
‘Thankfully another driver stopped to help me and I thank him so much for this.
‘The relief of finding that the car had been abandoned with my son inside was indescribable.
‘It was an amazingly traumatic incident.’
The Mitsubishi was found a few minutes later outside Oaklands Catholic School, in Stakes Hill Road with the unharmed boy inside.
The car thief was picked up by his accomplice in the BMW which hit a white Mercedes van as it made off.
The incident happened at 5pm on Thursday.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Christopher Parry, of Waterlooville CID, said: ‘The evidence we have so far still strongly indicates that these men had no deliberate intention of abducting a child.
‘Police would like to reassure the community that we have received no similar reports recently and this crime is being treated as an isolated case.
‘Our investigation is focused on the motive of stealing a valuable performance car, not abducting a child.’
The first suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 6ins tall with short dark hair.
He was wearing a light coloured top and dark trousers.
The second suspect is white, in his early 20s, 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build. He has short, dark hair and was wearing a dark hooded top and dark bottoms.
Witnesses described the BMW as possibly being an M3 model with registration beginning HY57.
The front end of the vehicle was damaged following the collision.
Urging the public to help catch the men, the brave young mum said: ‘I really hope now police can find those responsible for this and would ask anyone who may be able to help identify those involved to please contact the police.’
Anyone who has seen two men and a BMW matching these descriptions or who may have information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Priority Crime Team at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.