“[It’s] nothing life-shaking that we’d be phoning the ministry and saying, ‘This person was extremely negligent,’ because they weren’t,” says Cpl. Tyreman. “It was just one of those things where they took their eyes of the vehicle for a split-second and some individual decided to take advantage of this, jump in the vehicle and away they go.”
On Thursday May 7 around 12:48 p.m., the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report that a vehicle had been stolen with a three-year-old child in the backseat.
Officers from the detachment immediately began a search for the vehicle, and at 1:14 p.m., it was located in the back alley behind a local gas station by two employees of the District of Hudson’s Hope. The child was in the back seat, in good spirits, and required no medical attention.
“It appears that the individual had some kind of morals because it appears as soon as they realized there was a child in the vehicle, they parked in the nearest back-ally, because it was close-by, and took off,” Cpl. Tyreman goes on to say. “I mean didn’t care for the child or whatever, but the child was just – I don’t know if they were taking a nap in their car seat or whatever, but was just happy and content when the guardian showed up.”
Details, such as the location of the crime and description of the vehicle, are not being released at this point of the investigation to protect the identity of the victim, according to Cpl. Tyreman.
Police are still searching for the individual responsible and is asking for the public’s help in identifying a possible suspect.
If you had seen anything suspicious in Hudson’s Hope at the time of the crime, such as an erratic driver or somebody abandoning a vehicle, contact Hudson’s Hope RCMP 250 783 5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.
Cpl. Tyreman says given that lack of details being released at this point of the investigation, those with a potential tip shouldn’t be too worried about whether or not it’s related to the crime.