Thief attempts to steal car with occupant inside in North Perth

Car involved in attempted theft in Atwood

A scary situation ended safely for one North Perth resident after someone tried to steal their car – with them inside.

The Perth County OPP received a call on December 14th 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m.

The police were told an unknown male suspect tried to steal a car warming up on Monument Road in Atwood. The suspect entered the driver’s door, and put the car in reverse, before he noticed an occupant in the back seat of the car.

The suspect then fled the scene, returning to the vehicle that had dropped him off. The suspect vehicle was last seen driving south towards Monkton.

There was no violence in this incident, and the adult occupant of the vehicle was not injured.

Police say the suspect is described as:

– Caucasian male

– Thin

– Scruffy face (“5 o’clock shadow”) (blond coloured)

– Wearing a black toque, grey sweater with no hood, black track pants, and red gloves with black spots.

The suspect vehicle is similar to a silver Nissan Altima or Volkswagon Jetta.

While it is uncommon for a person to be inside of a vehicle when someone attempts to steal it, stolen vehicle occurrences are occurring frequently, and even multiple times a week in Perth County. With the cold weather upon us, the Perth County OPP would like to remind drivers to never leave a vehicle unlocked while warming it up.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.P3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.