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Chilling moment kidnapper snatches boy, 2, in a store behind his unsuspecting grandmother's back

THIS is the chilling moment a kidnapper snatched a two-year-old boy in a department store-after the lad's gran turned her back for mere seconds.

CCTV footage shows the uniformed security guard lifting the toddler out of a shopping trolley in Durban, South Africa before calmly walking out of the store.

CCTV footage shows the uniformed security guard lifting the toddler before calmly walking out of the shop
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Credit: Information Bureau SA CCTV footage shows the uniformed security guard lifting the toddler before calmly walking out of the shop Credit: Information Bureau SA

The horrified gran screams in anguish when she turns to find the boy missing just seconds later.

The security guard was later tracked down and charged with kidnapping-and CCTV shows the moment the woman wept with relief after being reunited with her grandson.

Brigadier Jay Naicker of the South African Police said: "When the petrified gran found the child was taken she began running and frantically screaming out for him.

"She then spotted the man attired in a security guards uniform walking into one of the shops with her grandson and chased after him and yanked him from his arms.

"She reported the incident to the management at the Crescent Mall who contacted the police who viewed the CCTV and he was immediately identified as a guard.

"The 29-year-old man was promptly arrested and has been charged with kidnapping and is due to appear before magistrates today for allegedly trying to steal the young child.

"We are appealing to parents and guardians to keep an eye on their children especially during the peak festive period and to remain vigilant at all times.

"At this stage we do not know what the suspect's intentions were. We wish to applaud the grandmother for taking immediate action and informing the police".

The incident took place at a mall in Durban, South Africa
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Credit: Facebook The incident took place at a mall in Durban, South Africa Credit: Facebook
The horrified gran screams in anguish when she turns to find the boy missing
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Credit: Information Bureau SA The horrified gran screams in anguish when she turns to find the boy missing Credit: Information Bureau SA