Baby reunited with family after UAE car theft
Published on Aug 20, 2012 7:02 PM
DUBAI (AFP) - A baby girl, who was in the back of a car stolen from outside a shop in the United Arab Emirates, was reunited with her parents after a frantic seven-hour search, The National newspaper reported on Monday.
The month-old girl, Lailas, was in a white Toyota Prado when it was stolen in the Santsaiya 6 area of Sharjah, not far from commercial hub Dubai, late on Saturday, after her parents left the car's engine running while they nipped into the shop, the report said.
Within minutes, car and baby were gone. After the alert was raised, police rapidly put out a Twitter alert, which was quickly retweeted by more than 1,700 people, including Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, and hundreds of Sharjah residents, in both Arabic and English.
Within hours, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Shamsi, an Emirati from Sharjah, contacted police on Twitter to say he had spotted the stolen car, the newspaper said. And at 5am (9am Singapore time) on Sunday it was found in Muwailah, a few kilometres from where it was stolen, with Lailas safe inside, the report said.
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