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Vic man denies car theft, child stealing

AAP logoAAP 12/11/2016

A man accused of stealing a car outside a Melbourne school with a six-month-old baby inside says he will be pleading not guilty because it wasn't him.

Gurkan Yildirim, of Coburg, fronted the Melbourne Magistrates' Court briefly on Saturday charged with five offences, including child stealing.

Police say the baby's mother parked her car outside a Coburg school on Tuesday and left the motor running and windows down while talking to a friend.

Yildirim allegedly crawled through one of the windows, wound them up and started to drive off with the baby girl inside, police told an out-of-sessions hearing on Friday.

The mother and her friend began hitting the car and yelling "there's a baby inside" before the friend jumped on the bonnet of the moving Mercedes station wagon, clinging on for about 400 metres before being thrown clear as the car hit another vehicle.

The car was later found nearby with the baby safe and well inside.

Magistrate Robert Kumar told Yildirim he was accused of "very serious matters".

"It's not a bit of a joke here," he told the 24-year-old on Saturday.

Yildirim flagged an intention to apply for bail when his matter returns to court on Tuesday, and also questioned the evidence against him, including "blurry" CCTV footage.

"I'm pleading not guilty," he told the court.

"It wasn't me in the incident."

A 44-year-old Hadfield man has also been charged with theft of a motor vehicle over the alleged incident and is due to appear at Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court in February.

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