NEW BRAUNFELS — Talk about labor pains.
A New Braunfels couple were at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels to deliver their first child Wednesday when someone stole their sport utility vehicle, the husband said. Inside the SUV was some of the important stuff new parents need to get along.
In the stolen vehicle was the car seat in which they planned to strap their new bundle of joy for a safe first ride home. Also in the car were the mother’s purse, wallet and identifying information.
The new dad, reached by telephone Friday, said he’s upset about the thief who ruined what should have been nothing but a joyous experience, and he asked that the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung not publish the family’s names for fear of identity theft.
“Get a job and buy your own,” the new dad said to thieves who he believes should have more compassion. “How do you steal a car with a brand new car seat in the back?”
The family went to the hospital Wednesday morning and stayed throughout the day, the man said. While his wife was in labor, he said his sister-in-law came upstairs in the hospital and asked if he had moved his SUV because it wasn’t where he parked it.
Anxious to hurry back to his wife, who was in labor, the man rushed downstairs and learned that the vehicle was gone, he said. The new father said he instantly became upset.
“It’s our first child and she was in labor while I’m having to deal with talking to the police department and canceling credit cards and everything else,” he said.
Police arrived about 9:35 p.m. and took the man’s report, said Capt. John McDonald of New Braunfels Police Department. He said the man reported parking the SUV under a street light in a lot at the intersection of Houston and Garza streets.
The man reported seeing the vehicle about 6 p.m. Wednesday and checking for it about 9 p.m., when he learned it was missing, McDonald said.
He said police had no updates Friday afternoon but the case remains under investigation.
In the meantime, the new parents had to get a ride home from the hospital Friday morning with their newborn baby girl, who rode home in a borrowed car seat, her grandmother said.
Also in the stolen SUV were a baby bag, clothes, diapers and other valuables, the grandmother said.
Dad said he isn’t too concerned about the things in the vehicle, besides the new car seat.
He hopes the thief is caught soon.
“It was one of the worst times you could steal a car,” he said. “Now we have to wait to look for another car. Of course she wants to go look at it but she has to wait a week or two. It made it really inconvenient.
“I hope karma catches up to them.”
If you have a tip, call the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 608-2179.