Man Steals Car from Clayton County, GA, Gas Station with Child Inside
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report published by wsbtv.com, a man stole a vehicle from a gas station in Clayton County, Georgia, while a child was inside the vehicle. Police were able to catch up to the car and found the young girl unharmed, but they have reportedly not yet located the suspect.*
It is not clear what day the incident occurred, but WSB-TV reports that it happened at a QuickTrip gas station in Clayton County off of Riverdale Road. A woman was putting gas in her vehicle while her 3-year-old niece was in the back seat of the car. She told reporters with WSB-TV that she was finished pumping gas, and was putting the pump back, when she noticed the vehicle moving.
A man had sneaked into the driver’s seat of the car while the woman pumped her gas and took off as soon as the woman finished, according to the news report. The woman started running after the vehicle, screaming and pleading for the man to stop.
“I keep saying, ‘The baby is in the car! The baby is in the car!’” the woman told reporters.
The woman observed the vehicle travel on Riverdale Road and make a right turn, and she called the police. Officers responded to the scene and were able to locate the vehicle less and an hour later. It was only a few blocks away from the gas station where the incident took place, and the 3-year-old girl was still in the back seat with no injuries.
Thankfully the suspect did not stay with the vehicle. Police returned the girl to her family but had not made an arrest at the time the WSB-TV article was posted.
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