A mother has issued a warning to the thief who stole her car and took it on a joyride with her five-month-old baby trapped in the back seat.
Police allege a teenage girl stole the white Mazda 3 from the family’s garage at their Molendinar home on the Gold Coast at 4.20pm on Thursday.
Katherine had been getting ready to go out for dinner and had left her baby Jordan strapped into the rear child seat when the girl allegedly broke into the car.
Within an hour, baby Jordan was located safe and well inside the stolen vehicle, which was later found dumped at Carrara, 20km from the family home.
Relieved to finally be reunited with her infant son, his mother Katherine warned the young offender ‘don’t come back’, after the brazen theft left the family in anguish.
CCTV footage from a nearby property shows the Mazda following a Toyota Corolla – that was also stolen, with police alleging two teenage girls had been working together.
CCTV footage from a neighbouring property (pictured) was used to help locate baby Jordan who was still inside the Mazda 3 when it was allegedly stolen by a teenage girl
After the family’s emotional reunion on Thursday night, Katherine thanked police for acting quickly while issuing a fierce message to the teen offenders.
‘Whoever took my son, I swear to God, don’t come back,’ she told The Courier Mail.
‘It’s very unsafe what they did, this is wrong.’
‘Maybe when you grow up and become a parent you will understand,’ she continued.
‘I just hope they won’t do it again or do it to any other family out there.’
Queensland Police are still searching for the teenage girl responsible and are urging members of the public to come forward with any information.
Anyone who may be able to assist police are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.
The stolen car (pictured) from the Gold Coast – where a five month old baby was strapped in the back