Car left running with toddler inside stolen in Troy, later found safe

    (Courtesy: Troy Police)

    TROY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A 2-year-old boy who was inside a car when it was stolen early Wednesday morning in Troy is safe.

    Police say the boy's mother was at the BP gas station on Archer Drive, left him inside the running car to go into the store, and that's when the thief struck. Surveillance video shows her going inside, and then coming out while on her phone and realizing that her car was gone.

    "Someone just stole my car with my son in it," she told 911 dispatchers. "I parked right outside the door, I ran in to get cigarettes and then my car was gone."

    About 15 minutes after the car was stolen, police received a 911 call from a man. "My wife went out to start her car, there's a car in my driveway with a baby in it, and her car's gone." Police say not far from the gas station, the suspect got out of the car, broke into another car and took off with it

    The homeowner told police the baby was inside the car and appeared safe, but was crying. "What should I do with the baby," he asked. "We're sending officers out there, just make sure the baby's safe," the dispatcher told him.

    Police say they have leads on the suspect. If caught, the person could be charged with kidnapping, abduction or unlawful restraint in addition to car theft. The case is currently under investigation.

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