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Car stolen in Benfleet with two-year-old boy in the back seat
A THIEF stole a car as a two-year-old boy slept in the back, police revealed today.
A 32-year-old woman parked her silver Land Rover Freelander in Kents Hill Road North, Benfleet at 2.20pm on Friday, leaving the engine running while delivering a package.
While at the door of a property a man drove off in the vehicle with the child in the rear.
The vehicle was recovered a short time later in nearby Barncombe Close with the child still asleep.
The suspect made off and has not been located despite search efforts including the police helicopter.
The man is described as white, aged in his early 20s, clean shaven, wearing a black top with a light blue hood and dark trousers or tracksuit bottoms.
Sgt Rob Chapman, investigating officer, said: "The suspect laughed at the victim before jumping in the vehicle and driving off. "There were various people in the street at the time of the incident however due to the welfare of the child being our primary concern we were unable to obtain details of all witnesses.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Chapman at the Rayleigh area investigation team on 101.
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