A car thief stole a car in Chorley containing a sleeping child before damaging a number of vehicles attempting while to flee.
Police released a statement today to ask for the public to come forward with any information that could help their investigation.
According to police, a man stole the vehicle while it was left unlocked on Lichfield Road.
The vehicle was left briefly while a one-year-old child slept on the back seat.
A Chorley Police spokesman said, “It happened at around 7:05pm last night (Thursday, January 9th) when the driver of an Audi Q7 has parked up to collect someone from a house on Lichfield Road. The vehicle was briefly left unlocked with a one-year-old boy asleep in the back.
“A man has then got into the car, driving off on to Rydal Place and then Gilbert Street where it got stuck behind a takeaway delivery vehicle.
“He has then tried to drive past the delivery car, ramming and damaging seven other stationary cars and a lamppost.
“After a brief altercation, the man managed to escape from the front of the car.
“A black people carrier or estate-style vehicle with a cracked windscreen approached from behind and took him away.
“We think that the offender’s intention was to steal the car and that it’s likely that they unaware that a child was in the back. Thankfully the young boy wasn’t injured and slept throughout the incident.
“No one has yet been arrested. If you know anything about what happened or who was involved, we need to speak to you. Similarly, if you know of a car that matches the description with a cracked windscreen, we would urge you to come forward. You can call 01257 246190 or 101 quoting incident 1360 of January 9th.
“Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at socsi.in/oaB3A.
“We would also like to remind people to be mindful with their vehicles, especially those with proximity/ keyless access.”