I have to say that stealing my truck with my kid(s) in it definitely warrants it, not that the woman had the choice considering she lives in California.
The thought of some scumbag driving off in my truck with my kids is terrifying. I would hardly care at all if it was just my truck. The cops will find it before too long, and if it's all jacked up then it's no big deal. It's just a truck.
Kids are a different matter, and change my outlook entirely.