Thieves steal car with child sat in back seat

The stolen car was a silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo similar to this one
The stolen car was a silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo similar to this one

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A HORRIFIED mum watched as thieves hijacked her car - with her five-year-old son on the back seat.

A major investigation is underway to find the culprits after the boy was returned unharm to his mother.

Police said the incident happened when the 24-year-old woman was driving a silver Mitsubishi Lancer Evo with her son sat in the back seat at around 5pm on Thursday.

It’s reported a silver BMW M3, with four exhausts and two doors, and two men inside, hit the back of her car.

Both drivers pulled over and were arguing about the damage to the vehicles.

During the argument, it’s alleged one of the men stole the Mitsubishi with the boy still sat inside.

The other man drove off in the BMW.

The incident happened at the roundabout near the junctions of Stakes Hill Road and Frendstaple Road in Waterlooville. The Mitsubishi was found abandoned a few minutes later outside a school – and the boy was found inside the car uninjured.

Witnesses say they saw two men leave the Mitsubishi outside the school and drive away in a BMW – hitting a white Mercedes van before fleeing.

Hampshire Constabulary said it is not treating the incident as an attempted kidknapping. They believe the men were trying to steal the high-powered car.

One witness said the BMW’s registration plate contained ‘HY57’. The car is believed to have damage to its front.

Police have not issued a description of the men involved.

Anyone with information should call 101.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Police would like to reassure the community that there is no evidence to suggest these events were a deliberate attempt to abduct a child. Thankfully, the boy was not harmed or injured.

‘His 24-year-old mother was not assaulted or injured either, but is extremely upset and shaken by what happened. Officers are in contact with the woman, her child and family to provide care and support. We wish to thank members of the public and witnesses who offered help to the woman immediately after her car was stolen.

‘Police believe this was the targeted theft of a high-powered car by an organised pair of criminals who did not realise there was a child sat in the back of the vehicle.

‘Officers are pursuing several lines of enquiry to track and identify the suspects and their car, which was described as a high-performance silver BMW M3 with four exhausts and two doors.’