A “critical breach” led to a delay in recovering a stolen automobile with a toddler trapped inside after a Volkswagen automobile monitoring service demanded cost earlier than it agreed to assist, an Illinois sheriff’s workplace stated.
A 34-year-old lady returned to her house simply after 3:30 p.m. Thursday on Route 137 in Libertyville, a village about 35 miles north of Chicago, the Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.
After she took one in every of her kids from the automobile into the house, the lady went to retrieve her different youngster — a 2-year-old boy — within the automobile when she discovered a white BMW had pulled into the driveway behind her 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. A person received out of the BMW and knocked the lady to the bottom as she sought to guard her son earlier than he drove off together with her automobile with the boy nonetheless inside, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Because the carjacker and the motive force of the BMW fled, one in every of them ran the lady over, inflicting what the sheriff’s workplace described as “critical accidents to her extremities.” The lady is six months pregnant, NBC Chicago reported.
Authorities contacted Volkswagen Automotive-Internet — a service that permits Volkswagen homeowners to regulate and monitor their automobiles from an app — to seek out the automobile and the kid inside.
However the firm “wouldn’t monitor the automobile with the kidnapped youngster till they obtained cost to reactivate the monitoring gadget within the stolen Volkswagen,” the sheriff’s workplace stated in an announcement Fb.
A spokesperson stated in an announcement that Volkswagen “takes the security and safety of its prospects very critically.”
“Volkswagen has a process in place with a third-party supplier for Automotive-Internet Assist Providers involving emergency requests from legislation enforcement. They’ve executed this course of efficiently in earlier incidents. Sadly, on this occasion, there was a critical breach of the method. We’re addressing the state of affairs with the events concerned,” the assertion stated.
The spokesperson declined to reply extra questions.
Authorities discovered the kid on the highway on the 2200 block of Lakeside Drive in Waukegan, a metropolis about 10 miles northeast of Libertyville, after an individual working at a close-by enterprise referred to as 911 to report having seen two automobiles enter the car parking zone, the place one driver deserted the kid earlier than each automobiles fled.
It was not instantly clear how lengthy it took authorities to seek out the kid. The Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Authorities discovered the stolen Volkswagen in a car parking zone close to Casimir Pulaski Drive and Route 43 in Waukegan, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
The mom of the kid, who was run over within the carjacking, stays in critical however steady situation at a hospital, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Authorities are looking for the BMW, which they stated was stolen prior to now week from a automobile dealership in Waukegan.