Police are hunting for thieves who targeted a “severely disabled and vulnerable” man, stealing car keys and later taking the vehicle.
The set of keys are believed to have been taken from the man as he was putting something into the boot of a silver Vauxhall Astra car at around 5.45pm on Monday, August 18 on Harrison Road, Chorley.
At around 12.30am the next morning, four people returned to Harrison Road and took the car, using the stolen keys.
The car was driven a short distance to nearby Brindle Street, where it was abandoned on the pavement.
Four lads were reported to have run away from the vehicle.
The car has since been returned to its owner, who is understood to be the man’s mother.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident and no arrests have yet been made.
They are appealing for help to identify the thieves and want to hear from anyone with information about how the keys were taken from the man or about the car being stolen.
PC David Grundy, of Chorley police, said: “We believe that the people responsible for this car theft have targeted the vulnerable man who has great difficulty communicating and it is unclear at this stage how they have acquired the keys from the man.
“Anyone who may have information should get in touch with us as soon as possible on 101 quoting log reference LC-20140819-0036.”
Alternatively, anyone who can help can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or go to crimestoppers-uk.org.