December 26, 2017 11:43 am
Updated: December 26, 2017 2:00 pm

OPP seeking suspect in vehicle theft and attempted kidnapping in Fergus

Police have released a photo of the suspect.

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Wellington County OPP are asking the public for their assistance in identifying a suspect responsible for a vehicle theft and possible kidnapping on Christmas Day in Fergus.

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Investigators say the child’s mother was inside a gas station on St. David Street North in Fergus around 7 p.m on Christmas evening when an unknown suspect hopped into her unlocked and running vehicle while her young child was still in the car seat.

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Witnesses at the scene tried to intervene but the suspect began driving north on Highway 6.

A short time later, officers recovered the Grey Chevrolet Impala that was left abandoned on Highway 6 near Sideroad 19 and found the child safe and unharmed inside.

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The suspect has not yet been located but video surveillance caught his likeness. He’s being described as a Caucasian man with a medium build and is seen wearing a black coat over a grey jacket with light-coloured pants, black and white running shoes, and a grey Puma “beanie-style” toque.

He also attempted to conceal his face with a wrap-style scarf that possibly has a skull print

Police said an unknown accomplice who assisted the suspect was driving a white passenger vehicle similar to that of a Kia Soul.

OPP are asking anyone who may recognize this suspect to contact them, and are also reminding drivers to secure their cars and valuables.

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