Cops Seek NJ Car Thief Who Fled With Child in Backseat

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013  |  Updated 9:14 AM EDT
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Cops Seek NJ Car Thief Who Fled With Child in Backseat

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Police are looking for a suspect who stole a vehicle with a child in the backseat in Newark Wednesday evening.

A woman briefly left her Nissan Altima idling with her 5-year-old child in the backseat in front of an auto body shop on Central Avenue at about 7 p.m., police said.

While she was gone, a man entered the car and sped off with the child inside.

When the mother returned to find her car and child missing, she panicked and urged the auto body shop workers to help her, police said. One worker said he ran down the street to look for the car.

The car was found just around the corner, near North 10th Street and Central Avenue, police said. The child was inside and unharmed.

The investigation is ongoing.

Last week, a mother was carjacked in Newark and her two children were driven away as they sat in the back seat of the car. They were also found unharmed nearby. No suspect has been apprehended in that case. 

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