A WIGAN mum has told of her horror after a joyrider snatched her fiance’s car while their seven-week-old baby was inside.
Louise Waine told how she felt “paralysed” after a crook stole her partner’s Subaru Impreza from Moor Road in Orrell while their son, Leo, was on the back seat.
Her fiance, Tom Moulsdale, 24, and her brother, Lee, both gave chase but the reckless crook ran a red light and sped off so fast they couldn’t keep up.
Amazingly, Louise, also 24, had seen the crook speed past her friend’s house in her car moments before Tom called to tell her what had happened.
She said: “I just froze. I couldn’t take it all in and couldn’t get my words out.
“At first I thought Tom was joking. But then he screamed down the phone, ‘The car has been stolen and Leo is in the back’.
“I couldn’t breathe. I ran out of the house and jumped into the car. I didn’t even have my shoes on but just set off in a panic.
“It was like I was in a movie. I felt paralysed. My head was spinning. I just wanted my baby back. It was cold, dark and icy and I thought I may never see him again.
“I kept thinking he (the thief) would not hurt a baby, surely not – but I just didn’t know.”
Police say the couple’s Impreza was stolen at about 7.35pm on Tuesday (January 22).
Tom had left the keys in the ignition for a matter of moments while knocking on Lee’s door when he suddenly spotted a thief sneaking into the driver’s seat.
As the crook turned the car in the road, Tom desperately tried to open the passenger door and shouted that his baby was in the car – but the thief drove off onto St James’ Road in the Billinge direction.
Incredibly, Louise received a phone call from her friend, Rosie, a short while later to say that the car had been abandoned in the car park of the Billinge Arms pub on Main Street, Billinge, and that Leo was unharmed.
Police also received an anonymous call from a phone box nearby to tell them where the car had been abandoned.
Louise added: “When I got there I just ran over to the car without my shoes and took him out of the seat and cuddled him. I couldn’t believe it – I was just so thankful.
“Leo had slept through the whole thing. He hadn’t even blinked an eyelid.
“Leo is my everything. I will never let him out of my sight.”
The thief was a white man in his 20s. He was wearing a dark bob hat, a dark hooded top and lighter coloured trousers or tracksuit bottoms.
DC Brendan Greally, of Wigan CID, said: “We can only imagine the distress that the parents of this young baby must have gone through after their son was taken from them in this manner.
“Thankfully, their nightmare was only short-lived after the baby was found safe and well inside the vehicle.
“We are urging anyone who saw the incident, or who witnessed the car being abandoned to call police.
“Merseyside Police were alerted by an anonymous call from a telephone box just a few yards from where the car was left on Main Street.
“We are very keen to speak to this man, or anyone who saw a man making the call at around 7.45pm to 7.50pm.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.U