PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A baby is safe after Portsmouth police say a thief stole a running vehicle with the child inside.
Investigators say it happened around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at a 7-Eleven on Cedar Road. Police say a 3-month-old child was in a white Dodge vehicle with the engine running.
According to police, the woman who was driving the car went inside store for only a moment. That’s when the thief took her car with the baby inside.
Police found the car less than a mile away from the 7-Eleven. The baby was inside and was not hurt.
“Oh my gosh,” says Portsmouth’s Henry Wiggins. “Well, I was a little shocked.”
Twenty minutes after the car went missing, Wiggins got a knock on the door at his Augustine Circle home.
“There was a young man there with a bandana on,” Wiggins adds. “He said there is a baby in the car, call 911.”
Wiggins did just that and by the time police arrived, the suspect was long gone.
“He seemed to be concerned about the baby in the car,” Wiggins says. “I took that he wanted 911 to be called not on him, but for the baby in the car.”
Police continue to look for the suspect. Wiggins sill can’t figure out why the suspect chose his driveway or his door.
“I just hope the young man who did it won’t do it again,” Wiggins adds.
Police did not say if the woman was the child’s mother. Detectives are still looking for the suspect.
If you know anything, or saw anything in the area at the time of the incident, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
You can listen to the 911 calls below.