Thieves steal car with baby in it
A couple were criticised by police in Sharjah after their car was stolen with their tiny baby inside over the weekend.
The couple had left their month-old girl in the back of their white Toyota Prado with the engine running on Friday night at around 9.50pm while they went into a shop.
But thieves took off in the 4x4 with the month-old baby girl Lailas on board.
The pair told police they had left the infant “for two minutes” to go into the shop.
A frantic seven-hour search was carried out by Sharjah Police who also put out a twitter alert for the Prado AD with its registration number.
Major Mohammed Al Shihi said: “The parents should have taken more care and not left the baby alone in the car.”
He added: “At 9.52pm we received the call, then sent out patrols to search the area.”
But it was a member of the public, Ahmed Ibrahim Al Shamsi, an Emirati from Sharjah, who eventually spotted the car at 5am just a few kilometers from where it had been stolen with the baby safe and well inside.
Al Shihi said: “The baby was taken immediately to Al Qassimi Hospital where she was found to be in good health.”
The family was re-united just in time for Eid prayers early on Saturday morning.
The major said it was the biggest response Sharjah Police ever had to a social networking alert.
He said: “We received a lot of calls, of people thinking they saw the car, people who wanted to help. So many people cared because a baby was in the car.”
The Twitterati heavily criticised the couple for leaving the baby in the car alone. One even said: “Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have children.”
Nobody has been arrested.