Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after a car was stolen in Birmingham with the owner’s two children still inside, police said.
Officers were alerted to what they called the “shocking incident” around 5 p.m. on Saturday, when a man reported that his Seat Leon had been taken from its driveway with his two sons – aged two and four. – inside.
“Response, traffic and firearms officers were immediately dispatched with our canine units and the helicopter to assist in the search,” West Midlands Police said in a statement.
At one point, the stolen car was seen driving the wrong way on a two-lane road before armed officers could stop it on the A38 Bristol Road near the Belgrave interchange.
Two suspicious men – both 15 years old – escaped from the car but were quickly detained and arrested by police.
They are questioned on suspicion of vehicle theft and kidnapping.
Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan, West Midlands Police Incident Manager, said: ‘This type of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, but luckily we were able to stop the car and reunite the family less. 15 minutes after its flight.
“This is a fantastic outcome to what was a very serious and urgent incident and I thank the officers involved as well as the West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support.