THE owner of a car that was stolen after the keys were left in the ignition is warning people to be vigilant.
Mark Jackson had his blue BMW 116 taken from outside his home on Ibbotson Oval, Churwell, at around 9.05am on Thursday, December 13, after his partner had momentarily left the car with the keys in the ignition while she went back inside the house.
Mr Jackson said: “It had our baby car seat in it, pram and my partner’s handbag with purse, which were all stolen.
“My partner was taking our 10-week-old son to be weighed at Gildersome Medical Centre and had taken her bag to the car and started the engine while she returned to the house to collect our son.
“Within seconds she heard the engine rev and saw the car speed off. Either the thieves were watching or they just happened to be walking or driving past at a not-so-perfect time!
“I’m thinking they were on foot around our estate as a neighbour said she saw two suspicious lads about 7am–7.30am walking around.
“They crossed the road to avoid her, which looked a bit suspicious.”
“I just want to make people aware of what is lurking around on a morning and to keep vigilant.”
The BMW 116d, is has a 2010 plate, private registration number X212 NAD and is still outstanding.
Insp Paul Sullivan, who leads Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said that a white Audi was also stolen the day before, Wednesday, December 12, at around 8.15am when the owner left the keys in the ignition while de-icing his vehicle.
The car was discovered last Tuesday morning on New Village Way, Churwell.
He said: “People need to be mindful that these chancers are out there.
“Not only do people face the inconvenience of losing their vehicles, but they are also left stranded.
“I am urging all drivers to be aware of what they are doing.”
Anyone who has any information is urged to call Morley NPT via the non-emergency number 101.