Video Shows Moment Thief Steals SUV in Brooklyn With 6-Year-Old Boy Inside; Suspect Still on the Loose - NBC New York

Video Shows Moment Thief Steals SUV in Brooklyn With 6-Year-Old Boy Inside; Suspect Still on the Loose

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    Surveillance Video Shows Moment SUV Stolen in Brooklyn

    The car thief is seen on camera taking the car, but likely not knowing there was a child inside. The child was left in there as the engine ran and the keys in the ignition. NBC New York’s Gus Rosendale reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Video obtained by NBC New York shows the moment a man stole an SUV in broad daylight in Brooklyn, likely unaware of the child inside

    • Surveillance video from across the street shows the boy's uncle double park and leave the car running, then a man open the door and leave

    • It's possible he didn't realize there was a child in the back seat until he already began his joyride, which ended just two miles away

    Video obtained by NBC New York shows the moment a man stole an SUV in broad daylight in a Brooklyn street — likely not knowing there was a child inside.

    The surveillance video from across the street shows the boy's uncle pull up along Avenue L in Canarsie and double park across the street from a plumbing store around 1:15 p.m. Monday. He not only left the white Acura MDX unlocked and running, but with the keys inside as well.

    Shortly after, police believe a man seen walking along the street crossed over, opened the driver's side door and took off. It's possible he didn't realize there was a child in the back seat until he already began his joyride, and then ditched the car about two miles from where he picked it up.

    Luckily, the 6-year-old boy was not harmed and was found safe later in the day. He was brought to the hospital to be checked out, and was back with his family by nightfall. 

    The uncle who was driving the car told reporters he was thankful to police for their efforts, and was looking forward to seeing his nephew again.

    Police were still searching for the man who took the car and then fled. An investigation is ongoing.

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