Vancouver Vancouver Police are investigating a brazen car theft from the Downtown Eastside, which occurred while a mother and her baby were sleeping in the vehicle.

“For a suspect to steal a car while it was occupied with people is exceptionally bold,” says Constable Tania Visintin. “Thankfully, the woman and her child were physically uninjured and none of their belongings were taken.”

On November 5, just before 3:30 p.m., a man parked his vehicle near Keefer and Abbott streets while he went to a nearby grocery store. His wife and three month old baby remained in the vehicle while napping. It was during this time the suspect got into the unlocked driver’s seat of the vehicle and drove it to Science World, as the mother and her baby slept. After the woman awoke, the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled before police were called.

“The woman last saw the suspect near Quebec Street and National Avenue,” adds Constable Visintin. “We need anyone with information, or anyone who knows this suspect, to call us immediately.”

The suspect is white and around 25 to 35 years old. At the time of the offence, he was wearing a black three-quarter length winter coat with yellow trim and a black and yellow logo on the back, black pants, brown shoes and a black hat with a red brim.

Anyone with information is asked they call investigators at 604-717-4034.