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Vehicle stolen with toddler inside (4 photos)

The car was located abandoned on Highway 6 with the child still inside

TOWNSHIP OF CENTRE WELLINGTON - At approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2017, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a vehicle theft and possible kidnapping at a gas station on St. David Street North, Fergus.

The mother of a child was in the store when an unknown suspect entered her unlocked, running vehicle and stole it while her child was still in it a car seat. Witness attempted to intervene but the suspect got away and was last seen fleeing north on Highway 6. Shortly thereafter, OPP located the grey Chevrolet Impala abandoned on Highway 6 near Sideroad 19. The child was still in the vehicle and unharmed. The suspect was not located.

Video surveillance has identified a suspect and OPP are asking the public's assistance in identifying him. The male is described as Caucasian with a medium build. He was wearing a black coat over a grey jacket, light coloured pants, black with white running shoes, and a grey beanie style Puma toque. He also attempted to conceal his face with a wrap style scarf that possibly has a skull print. An unknown accomplice, who assisted the suspect, was driving a white passenger vehicle similar to that of a Kia Soul.

OPP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have information regarding it to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip on-line at You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

Wellington County OPP would also like to remind drivers to secure their cars and valuables. "Whether it's the loss of something important or the potential to be held liable for further losses, the cost could be greater than you could ever imagine."