Car stolen with girl asleep inside

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2003, 12:00am

A 10-year-old girl was taken on a terrifying ride by knife-wielding thieves last night after they stole her father's car without noticing her asleep in the back seat.

Thirty minutes into the journey, the two men let the girl go and told her to find her way home.

Police in the New Territories were placed on alert when the father, a pet shop owner, reported that he was confronted by two men, one armed with a knife, after parking his car in Tin Ping Estate, Sheung Shui, shortly before 7pm.

The men snatched the man's car keys and sped away, not realising his daughter was still asleep on the backseat. The seven-seater car also contained about $9,000 worth of pet food.

The man rode with police as they hunted for the stolen vehicle.

Beat police and other officers were also warned to be on the lookout.

After discovering the girl, the thieves ordered her out close to Lam Kam Road, near Tai Po and then drove off.

The girl, unhurt, walked along Lam Kam Road and waited at a bus stop until a man passed by.

She told him what had happened and he gave her money to telephone her father from a nearby booth.

Police later recovered the stolen vehicle, but all the pet food was stolen.

No one has yet been arrested, but police said investigations into the incident continue.