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Car thief bolts from family’s home after being caught red-handed swiping keys

A shocking video shows how a brazen burglar tried to steal a family's car from outside their home – while they were inside.

Carl and Claire Dawson were stunned to find the would-be thief inside their home in Whitefield, Bury, at 3:40pm on Monday afternoon (September 28).

They believe Claire might have been followed home on the school run by a gang of car thieves, Manchester Evening News reports.

In the CCTV, a getaway car loiters outside while a man slips inside the property and appears to swipe the keys to the couple's Nissan Qashqai.

He is then spotted by Claire and she shouts and he flees, dropping the keys in the process.

The incident, which police say they are investigating, was captured by security cameras belonging to the couple and a neighbour living opposite.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Carl said: "I'm working from home at the moment, so I was in the back bedroom.

"My wife came home and this car stopped outside the house as she was unlocking the door.

"They turned around and must have come back.

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"She went into the kitchen. Our kitchen door faces the front door and she saw this young lad run in and grab the car keys.

"I heard her shout and I just got up and jumped downstairs. I probably hit about two steps on the way down.

"She ran out to get the registration and by the time I got out, the car had sped off."

At first, the couple believed the burglar had escaped with their keys but they later discovered them on the hallway floor.

However, they have been left 'shook up' by the incident.

"I can't believe anyone would have the b******* to do that in broad daylight," said Carl.

"Someone coming into your house and helping themselves like that, it's mind-boggling.

"They are just opportunists.

"It makes you feel sick that you can't even leave your door unlocked."

Greater Manchester Police said they were investigating the incident and so far there had been no arrests.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8172 quoting incident number 1760 of 28/09/20.

Alternatively, details can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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