HINKLER CENTRAL: Bundaberg
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SHOCKING: Mother dragged by carjacker at shopping centre

A BUNDABERG mother who was dragged hanging from her car after it was carjacked at Hinkler Central has spoken out.

The woman, 38, who would like to remain anonymous spoke with the NewsMail about the attack.

She was loading groceries in the back of the families four-wheel drive with her eight-year-old son on Friday afternoon when a man approached.

The car was parked underneath the food court area in the shopping centre when the attack took place.

The offender "hopped in the driver's seat as we were loading the groceries", she said and she was gobsmacked.

Shaken by the ordeal the woman described the events as they unfolded.

"I reached over and tried to take the keys out of the ignition," she said.

"That upset him.

"He took off with me hanging out of the side of the car."

She said he stopped around the bend near the Electra side of the shopping centre and forced her out of the car.

"I ran back to where my son was immediately," she said.

The mother said her fear had now turned to anger after her son witnessed the ordeal.

"My son was not in the car, but was helping load groceries at the back," she said.

Her son is in grade 3 and the random attack has affected him and left them both shaken.

"I'm angry now," she said.

"I'm angry, my son had to go through this and see it all."

The eight-year-old's taekwondo uniform and BMX bike was also in the four-wheel drive when it was stolen.

"My sons whole security bubble has been broken now," she said.

"We were going to BMX afterwards and his bike was in the car.

"Everything he loved was in that car."

The family live out of town and the car was turned on to keep a fridge turned on while they loaded their shopping.

The mother-of-one said the car had insurance but it wouldn't cover everything they had lost or help them deal with the ordeal.

Bundaberg Detective Senior Constable David May said the carjackings started about 4.40pm on Friday on Woondooma St.

When a man was fighting with his mother before a Good Samaritan intervened and had his car stolen.

"The male involved in that altercation has then run over to the good Samaritan's vehicle and stolen it and driven away," he said.

A short time after the first incident the man drove to the carpark underneath Hinkler Central shopping centre.

"He attempted to steal keys from another shopper there," he said.

The man was unsuccessful, and then found another shopper who was loading groceries in the car with her son.

Anyone with information about any of the incident can phone CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000 or Bundaberg police 4153 9111.



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