Appeal for witnesses after Darlington family's car is stolen in broad daylight (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Appeal for witnesses after Darlington family's car is stolen in broad daylight
POLICE are appealing for help to trace two thieves who stole a family’s car in broad daylight.
The two men were caught on CCTV stealing a pale blue Kia Sorento which was parked in the yard of a smallholding on Roundhill Road, Darlington, at about 3pm on Saturday (October 19).
In an attempt to stop the pair, father-of-one Paul Nimmo stood in front of his family’s car and managed to open the driver’s side door before the thieves drove off, almost running him over.
Mr Nimmo said he was also punched in the stomach and knocked to the ground when he confronted the pair after they wandered onto his family’s land.
“I was shocked but more scared for mum who was in the house. If she had stepped outside they would have run her over,” the 40-year-old said.
“My little boy is always playing football outside as well and his ball is always rolling across the drive, if he had run out they would have run him over too.
“He wasn’t outside, but all this stuff goes through your mind.”
His father, Marcus, has lived at the property for about 25 years. He said: “It was broad daylight, you do not expect it.
“We live by a busy road, if a car was coming the other way there would have been carnage.”
The family own a dozens of commercial properties around the town and a number of keys to the sites were kept in the back of the car.
They are offering a £1,000 reward for anyone who has any information on where the car is, who the thieves are, or the safe return of the keys.
The two men are thought to be around 20 years old, one was wearing a black jacket with a blue pattern on the back and green wellies, while the other was wearing a black tracksuit with white stripes down the arms and legs, and black trainers.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and granted bail until November.
Anyone with any information can call Darlington police on 101, quoting incident number DHM-19102013-0337 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.