While a 10-year-old girl waited for her father in his idling truck, a man got in the vehicle and drove away with her still in it, Rimbey RCMP said Wednesday.
Fortunately, the young girl was not harmed and the truck was not driven very far, police said.
The incident happened last Saturday morning at about 10 a.m. when the father drove his two children to a store in Rimbey. While he went into the store with one child, the girl remained in the idling vehicle.
Surveillance video shows a black SUV arrive and a man with a red bandana over his face got out of the SUV, entered the idling truck and drove away.
The suspect abandoned the truck approximately 500 metres away and was picked up by his accomplice. They fled northbound on Hwy 20 towards Winfield.
Rimbey RCMP are looking for public assistance in identifying the persons responsible for the attempted theft of the truck. The suspect is described as a passenger in a black SUV, wearing a red bandana and he had a beard.
Citizens can combat thefts from motor vehicles, and thefts of motor vehicles, by making sure vehicles are locked and valuables are removed or out of sight. Never keep spare keys or firearms stored in a vehicle or keep a vehicle running while unattended, police advise.