Melbourne man stole car with sleeping baby inside jailed

An 'audacious' Melbourne car thief who stole a mother's Mercedes-Benz while her baby was asleep inside has been jailed for more than three years. 

Gurkan Yildrim, 25, was on bail and in the grip of an ice addiction when he stole the SUV at Coburg, in Melbourne's north, in November 2016, unaware a six-month-old girl was in the back seat.

The mother, who had left the engine running and was chatting to parents at a school pick-up area, watched in horror as Yildrim sped off with her baby. 

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Gurkan Yildirim, 25, (pictured) got into the car in a street near the Australian International Academy in Coburg North on November 8, 2016

Gurkan Yildirim, 25, (pictured) got into the car in a street near the Australian International Academy in Coburg North on November 8, 2016

'At the scene was the distressed mother ... wailing as the car left,' Victorian County Court Judge Michael Tinney said in his sentence on Monday.

'But it was the cargo that prompted her distress. Her baby was gone.'

Judge Tinney sentenced Yildrim to three years and five months in prison for the 'audacious' theft, conduct endangering

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