A young child who was sleeping in the back of a car that was stolen from the parking lot of a convenience store in Philadelphia was found safe and reunited with his family.
The incident began about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday at the 7-Eleven located at Bridge and Large Streets.
Investigators say a man went into the store and left his sleeping six-year-old step-son in the running car.
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Once inside, surveillance video shows a white sedan pull up alongside the car and an unknown male get out. He then jumps into the step-father’s car and speeds away.
The surveillance camera captures the step-father running out of the store and unsuccessfully chasing after the car.
About 30 minutes later, two Philadelphia Police officers found the car about two miles away from the store.
The child was still in the car sleeping and was unharmed. He was eventually reunited with his family.
“Joy. Tears. A lot of emotion, but they were really, really happy. But so were we,” Chief Inspector Scott Small explained.
The suspect ran away from the scene and remains on the loose. When apprehended, police say the suspect not only faces charges for stealing the car, but also for kidnapping.
The incident remains under investigation.