Baby safe and well af­ter be­ing taken in stolen car

Irish Examiner - - News - Cor­mac O’Ke­effe

Dis­traught par­ents had to wait 45 min­utes be­fore they were told their baby, who was in the back seat of their stolen car, was found safe and well.

Ga rd aí are con­duct­ing foren­sic tests on the car and are gath­er­ing CCTV in a bid to iden­tify the op­por­tunis­tic crim­i­nal who took the car.

The man ap­par­ently hap­pened to be in an es­tate in north Dublin when he spot­ted a sta­tion­ary car with its en­gine run­ning but with no driver, and sped away with it.

It is thought the owner may have mo­men­tar­ily left the car to go into their home when the theft oc­curred.

A 13-month-old baby was in­side the car at the time, though gar­daí sus­pect the thief was un­aware of its pres­ence and did not re­alise it un­til some­time af­ter driv­ing off.

The ini­tial in­ci­dent oc­curred at 7.30am in an es­tate in Bal­doyle, north Dublin.

Af­ter the alarm was raised, all avail­able garda units were dis­patched to search for the ve­hi­cle.

Sources said 45 min­utes passed be­fore gar­daí lo­cated the ve­hi­cle in a car park at 8.15am be­hind a build­ing site in Clon­grif­fin, some 5km away.

“It was a 45-minute wait, so it’s a long time,” said one garda source.

The source said the car would be ex­am­ined for fin­ger­prints and DNA and checked against records.

“We will har­vest any CCTV in the rel­e­vant ar­eas and do lo­cal in­quiries to see if any­one saw the car or the driver,” said the source.

Wit­nesses are asked to ring Ra­heny Garda Sta­tion on 01-6664300.

Mean­while, across the city, in Dalkey, Co Dublin, de­tec­tives have ruled out foul play in the death of a 35year-old man, whose body was found in a pri­vate laneway. The man had suf­fered a punc­ture wound in his stom­ach. His body was found at 8.30am yes­ter­day by a wo­man out walk­ing.

The laneway leads to an apart­ment block just off Con­vent Road in the vil­lage.

Gar­daí in Dun Laoghaire re­sponded and sealed off the scene pend­ing a tech­ni­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and the ar­rival of the state pathol­o­gist.

Sources said they were keep­ing their op­tions open but were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity the man may have im­paled him­self while climb­ing over a gate with sharp rail­ings that leads to the laneway.

The man was seen go­ing down the lane at 1.30am and no one else was spot­ted on cam­era at that time.

The Tech­ni­cal Bureau was yes­ter­day ob­served con­duct­ing tests and tak­ing sam­ples from the rail­ings.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Dun Laoghaire Garda Sta­tion on 01 6665000.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.