CCTV has captured the shocking moment when a new mom watches impotently as a brazen thief drives off in his car with his newborn son inside.
The footage shows the woman watching her eight-week-old son sleeping in the back seat while waiting outside a block of a unit in South Modang in northeast Melbourne on Friday morning.
With the engine still running, she turns her back on the car for a few seconds, which was all the thief needed to drive in his white Hyundai Tucson while chasing and watching in horror just a few meters away.
A mother (pictured) watches in horror as a hijacker dries on her white Hyundai Tucson, unaware that an eight-week-old baby is sleeping in the back seat
The Victoria Police has posted photos and a description of a man (pictured) they want to talk to
Apparently, the car thief initially did not know he had a passenger in the back seat on board and left the car at a nearby Home Maker Center in Mill Park soon after.
While the mother was reunited with her uninjured son shortly after, a chase continues for the car thief, who continues to flee on Friday night.
Witnesses have told of the moment when the terrified mother ran to a nearby medical center seconds after the Bush Boulevarde robbery around 10:20 am Friday.
"I was quite worried, crying … I was very upset," Prathapkumar Subramaniam told 9 News.
The mother turned her back on the car for a few seconds before an opportunist thief left Melbourne's northeast
Police found the car unloaded 20 minutes later with the baby still asleep in the back seat, unharmed in the dramatic test.
The baby then reunited with his parents in relief.
"She (the mother) told me that those 20 or 30 minutes were the hardest thing for her," witness Frank Sapri said.
The Victoria Police has posted photos and a description of a man they are looking for.
The police huddled in the vehicle (in the photo) that was thrown near a short time later in Mill Park.
He is described as white, with light olive skin, medium build, wearing a black t-shirt with a white motif on the front, a khaki baseball cap, sunglasses, gray sweatpants, white runners and a sachel or purse. hand.
"It seems to be an opportunistic offense that has quickly faded," said Acting Sergeant Graeme Wassell.
The man (pictured) is described as Caucasian, with light olive skin and medium complexion. Anyone who sees the man should call the triple-0
"The baby was asleep all the time and finally woke up as you can imagine a mother very distressed when they brought her to the scene."
Sergeant Wassell expects the incident to serve as a reminder that parents do not leave children unattended in the car.
"She really is hitting herself pretty hard that even for a short time she left bubs in the car," he said.
CCTV shows the car thief talking on the phone and was last seen fleeing the intersection of McDonalds and Plenty Roads going west.
Anyone with information should call triple-0.
The stolen Hyundai Tucson (pictured) was abandoned a short time later with the baby still in
The car thief threw the stolen car at a Home Maker Center in Mill Park