Man accused of stealing vehicle with toddler inside arrested


    James Michael Hatmaker, 42, is currently locked up in the Miami Co. Jail (Photo: Miami Co. Jail)

    TROY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- Police have arrested a man accused of stealing a car that was left running in a Troy parking lot, with a 2-year-old boy was inside.

    James Michael Hatmaker, 42, of Dayton now faces charges of Grand Theft Auto and Kidnapping. He was arraigned in Miami County Municipal court on Monday morning and a judge set his bond at $55,000.

    The carjacking happened in early December outside a BP gas station on Archer Drive. The toddler's mother left him inside the running car while she went into the store. Surveillance video shows her walking into the store and coming out, on her phone, realizing her car was gone. "I parked right outside the door," she told the 911 operator, "I ran in to get cigarettes and then my car was gone."

    Car left running with toddler inside stolen in Troy

    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.

    Police were called by a man about 15 minutes after the car was stolen. He told dispatchers his wife's car was stolen, "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."

    Hatmaker's preliminary hearing has been set for February 19.

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