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Kids safe after brief kidnapping in Durham

Posted June 7, 2013

— Two children are safe after being kidnapped by a man who stole a car they were sitting in Friday afternoon, Durham police said.

Police received a 911 call about 2:30 p.m. from a man who said he parked his blue Chevrolet Impala in front of a convenience store in the 900 block of Fayetteville Street and went inside, leaving his two boys – ages 4 and 9 – in the vehicle.

While he was in the store, someone jumped in the car and drove off. The thief dropped the children off about 30 minutes later in front of a business in the 1000 block of East Pettigrew Street, police said. They were unharmed.

The car was found abandoned in the 3700 block of Angier Avenue. Police said they are still searching for the man who stole it.

Betty Wright, the boys' grandmother, said she was devastated when she got a call from her son saying the boys were taken.

"I couldn't really talk to him," she said. "I didn't know what to say. I just choked inside."


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  • Rebelyell55 Jun 7, 2013

    Some people read the news, (some don't) and don't understand how dangerous our state and country is getting. It's not like it was 40 years ago. Ya can't got bed with doors unlocked, setting open with just a screen door. But, he should of taken the keys, just for the fact that kids have been known to crank em up, (even in the old days)and play driving.

  • Tax Man Jun 7, 2013

    Glad they are safe. Imagine he won't leave them alone again. Imagine his wife will have a few things to say to him over the next few years!

  • dracarys7 Jun 7, 2013

    Let me preface this by saying I would never leave my kids in the car, HOWEVER, plenty of non-Durham citizens have been doing the same thing for years, yet you all criticize the father rather than the criminal. Typical.

  • stymieindurham Jun 7, 2013

    Nothing in here about Pops getting arrested for child endangerment.

  • peharris Jun 7, 2013

    When will people learn not to leave kids in the car...ever!

  • Billy the Kid Jun 7, 2013

    Not to self: Don't leave kids in my running car while I am not with it. Common sense isn't so common.

    Thankfully the kids are ok.

  • johnny2times Jun 7, 2013

    when will people learn....smh..