Attempted car thief arrested by motorists at Kent gas station

Moment when driver’s man crashes into the ground at a gas station ‘after getting into a mother’s car with only her terrified nine-year-old boy in it’

  • A man tried to steal a car at the BP gas station in Whitfield, Kent
  • Several members of the public dragged the man from the car and tied him up
  • Police arrested the man, who is in his 50s, on suspicion of trying to steal a car


This is when bystanders detained a suspected thief after he got into a car with an autistic nine-year-old boy in the back.

Footage shows several men and a woman holding the man to the ground and tying his hands with zip ties at a BP service station in Whitfield, Kent, at 07:30 yesterday.

Mother Pippa Anne-Malcolm called for help and ran out of the store after seeing the man get into her car and hearing her son’s screams.

A group of scaffolders detained a suspected thief who attempted to steal a car from a BP service station in Kent yesterday morning

The man screamed out as he was pushed to the ground by some scaffolding

The man screamed out as he was pushed to the ground by some scaffolding

The men used zip ties to hold the suspected car thief pictured yesterday morning

The men used zip ties to hold the suspected car thief pictured yesterday morning

The victim ran out of the gas station and called for help from bystanders.

The victim, Pippa Anne-Malcom, said she was very upset when her 9-year-old autistic son was in the back of the car.

Footage of the incident shows bystanders dragging the suspect to the ground.

The suspect struggled and screamed as the onlookers pin his arms behind his back and put the zip ties around his wrists.

One of the men says to the man, ‘You move and I’m going to hurt you. You understand?’

The woman told Kent Live that yesterday was the “scariest thing” she had ever experienced.

She said, “I was in the store and ran out to get my son out of the car. The man was sitting in my driver’s seat.

“I took my son out and screamed for help. My son is nine and has autism. He sat there and watched me pull my son out of the car as I screamed for help. I have no idea what he wanted. He did not speak to me or my son.

“It’s terrifying. I’ve honestly never felt so scared.”

The woman said she was extremely grateful to the men who witnessed the attempted theft and came to her aid.’

The suspect was arrested by men who had jumped from a scaffolding truck.

Kent Police confirmed they were on the scene and made an arrest.

A spokesman said: ‘Kent Police were called at 07:42 on Tuesday 7 December 2021 with a report of a disturbance in Dover Road, Whitfield.

During the incident, a man is said to have entered a stationary vehicle before being stopped by some members of the public.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

“He remains in custody while the investigation continues.”

MailOnline has reached out to BP and Kent Police for comment.

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