Police are currently hunting for a Florida resident who had stolen a car with a baby inside of it. Reports indicate that the suspect had dropped off the infant at a nearby store before continuing to flee from police.
On March 20, a man was caught on surveillance footage stealing a car at a gas station in West Palm. Upon realizing the car was occupied by a 5-1/2-month-old baby, the man parked the stolen car at a nearby Sunoco on Okeechobee Road in Royal Palm Beach, according to WPTV. He was again caught on camera, this time fumbling with the baby seat before dropping the baby off inside the store and making yet another escape.
The incident occurred around 4 a.m., according to The Miami Herald.
Also caught on video was the befuddled owner of the stolen Kia Rio, who had left the car running in the parking lot before it was stolen.
The baby was unharmed during the incident. Deputies at the scene noted the baby was fast asleep, according to The Palm Beach Post. The mother arrived 30 minutes following the incident and was reunited with her child, according to Fox News.
A deli worker at the gas station who witnessed the scene explained the situation.
"The doors were locked, so he came up and was banging on the door frantically. The overnight clerk came up to the door, and I guess shouted through the door, 'What's going on? He kept saying, 'Take this baby, take this baby, so he just opened the door and took the baby and called the police from there ... It hurt my heart because being a mom of four, I knew he was hungry," said Michelle Ashby, according to WPTV.
Ashby, who described the baby as "fussy," added that the mother "was just happy and relieved” to have her baby back, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Deputies were able to track the stolen Kia Rio to Sansbury Way and Okeechobee Blvd, according to WPTV. Perimeters were established to help catch the car thief. The search has so far been unsuccessful; the thief is still at large.
The suspect was last seen wearing a tank top and dark pants.
[Photo: Screenshot via WPTV]