Woman arrested after trying to 'snatch child from car parked in driveway'

A woman has been charged for allegedly trying to snatch a young boy out of a parked car.

Investigators said a five-year-old was sitting in a car parked in the driveway of the family home in Preston, in Melbourne’s north, about 8.30am on Wednesday.

The boy’s mother went inside for a moment and when she returned she saw her son out the front of a neighbouring house with the unknown woman.

The mother grabbed the boy and went back inside the home while the woman walked off towards Plenty Road.

A woman was arrested outside Kmart at a shopping centre on Plenty Road, Preston. Source: 7 News

A short time later police arrested a 33-year-old West Heidelberg woman outside Kmart at a nearby shopping centre on Plenty Road.

The woman has been charged and is expected to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday evening.