Child inside stolen vehicle found safe, suspect still at large

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police said a car was stolen with a child in the back seat Tuesday. The child has been reported safe, but the suspect has not been found.

Around 3:27 p.m., the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) responded to a vehicle stolen from an animal hospital on the 3800 block of West Washington Street.

IMPD said a car had been left running with the keys in the ignition and a sleeping 2-year-old child in the back seat.

The car headed eastbound on West Washington Street and Holt Road, and the child’s mother chased on foot for a short time.

The victim told IMPD that she briefly went inside the pet hospital to pick up her cat when she noticed her car pulling away.

She flagged down a man driving a pickup truck, who told her to get in and began to pursue the car with the child inside.

According to police, the man and the victim followed the vehicle for a short while but lost sight of it.

IMPD said officers received a phone call from a female witness claiming that someone knocked on their front door and said, “There’s a car running with a child in the backseat, someone better call police.”

The female witness told police she saw a man running down the alley east of Belmont Avenue.

Police said the female witness called when she found the car with the child asleep in the backseat.

According to IMPD, the child and mother were reunited, but the suspect remains at large.

Anyone with information about the theft or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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