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02/14/03

Car Stolen with Baby in Back Seat

This surveillance video shows a man police think may be behind the theft. This surveillance video shows a man police think may be behind the theft.

A mother ran into a convenience store at Highway 204 and I-95 for less than a minute, then walked back out only to see the tail lights of her car pulling away and her 12-month-old baby sleeping in the back seat. Fortunately, some quick police work, radioing immediately for a lookout, lead to a happy ending. 

"We were activating the Levi's system, which is the DOT signs, and we put a lookout throughout the NCIC, National Crime Information Computer," explained LT. Scott Simpkins of Chatham County PD. "We put a lookout all along the East Coast."

Police all over the area were told to look for a 1999 Red Pontiac Grand Prix with dark tinted windows. Forty minutes later on Savannah's west side, the car was spotted. More importantly, they found the baby safe and sound on Kline Street just off Burroughs. The baby looked as if he'd just woken up, having no idea of the danger he had just been in.

Police kept a close on on him and moments later, a frantic father was reunited with his son. Thanks to quick police work, a parent's worst nightmare had a happy ending.

Chatham County police were able to get some surveillance video of the suspect from a gas station camera. The car is being checked for fingerprints. Police ask that if you have any information or recognize the man in the surveillance photo to please call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com

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