Person Steals Car with Infant Inside, Abandons Vehicle in Georgia Parking Lot
ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story published at onlineathens.com, a person stole a car that had an infant inside and then abandoned the vehicle in a Georgia parking lot. Police are still trying to piece together the events surrounding the incident and are searching for suspects.*
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on February 10, a 22-year-old woman contacted police in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, and reported that her car had been stolen, and her 11-month-old daughter was in the back seat. The car was reportedly stolen from the woman’s driveway in Windy Hill Place, Georgia.
Police immediately began searching for the vehicle and alerted law enforcement agencies in surrounding counties about the missing car and infant. Shortly after they received the call, law enforcement officers located the car in question in the parking lot of a Home Depot on Epps Bridge Road in Oconee County, Georgia. The infant was still inside the vehicle at the time officers found it, and she was not hurt.
Geof Gilland, spokesperson for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said on February 11 that the department was still investigating the case as a kidnapping and vehicle theft. He added that investigators were still trying to determine what events took place before the incident and had not arrested anyone. Officers have not reported whether the car was running at the time it was stolen, and they have not said why the infant’s mother was not in or near the car.
Police are still investigating and ask that anyone who might have information about the case call Detective Michael Carroll at (706) 613-3330, ext. 144.
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