After a tough half hour yesterday when their car was stolen with their two-year-old son inside, a family in Kópavogur, Iceland, is breathing easy again, Vísir reports. The car was stolen outside a preschool while the father, whose name is Magnús, was inside the school, picking up his older son. He had shut off the engine, he stated, but left the key in the car. His son was awake when he left the car.
“This was carelessness; I was complacent,” he admitted. The family had recently moved to Kópavogur from Vestmannaeyjar islands. “You return back to town from a calm neighborhood where you got away with a lot of things. You learn from this,” he told Vísir. He estimates he was gone between five and eight minutes.
When he returned, the car was gone. At first he wondered if he had parked elsewhere, but then he called the police, who issued an alert about a stolen car, which was posted in the media. A number of police officer, assisted by a helicopter, looked for the car, but in the end, a teacher from the preschool spotted the car outside the Króna supermarket in the Kórar neighborhood.
Magnús explained, “She [the teacher] told me when she found out [about the theft] that most likely this had to be an unfortunate person on his way to the store,” which turned out to be the case. The man, who is in his twenties, was under the influence and not a newcomer at the police station. He was arrested, but questioning him was postponed until today. He is in no way connected to Magnús and his family.
Magnús expressed his gratitude to police, preschool staff and all who assisted in the search in one way or another. The two-year-old is doing well and appears not to have been affected by yesterday’s ordeal.
According to Magnús, when the boy was asked who drove him to the Króna supermarket, he answered, “Dad.” The kid may just have been napping.