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Men steal SUV, find child inside

Posted October 16, 2012

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— Durham police investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding two men involved in a kidnapping and larceny last weekend.

Police said the incident happened about 11 a.m. Saturday, when a man stopped at Biscuitville on 1806 Holloway St. He went inside the restaurant but left his sport utility vehicle running with a 4-year-old child inside.

While the driver was ordering, two men got into the SUV and drove away. One of the men realized the child was in the vehicle and stopped. They put the child out of the car, unharmed, near the intersection of Raynor and Liberty streets.

The SUV, a black 2007 Chrysler Aspen with a North Carolina plate XVV 2735, has not been found.

The men were described as in their 20s. One man was wearing black pants and a gray sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4281 ext. 29123 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • pros4charityfoxychick11 Oct 19, 2012

    Very happy the truck has been found and the child is safe as well. I know the family involved and this truly was a lesson learned. Thanks to all who were concerned.

  • anneonymousone Oct 17, 2012

    Packalum09, thanks for being so kind as to look out for other people's children when their caregivers step away, whether that stepping away is considered legal or not, wise or not. Thank you, too, for responding thoughtfully and politely, even after the name-calling.

    You've just made me like human beings 10% more. : }

  • bigbadbill Oct 17, 2012

    I can see how it is tempting to run in real quick but I certainly would not have left the car running with the keys inside - knowing my 5 year old I would be more concerned about him stealing the car.

  • Lady Marksman Oct 17, 2012

    If you have no credit of debit cards It takes a while to get three kids out of some of those seats go in and pay cash for $5.00 worth of gas. I have seen some parents send the 5 year old in to pay for the gas which can be just as dangerous. sunshine1040

    This is where "proper planning" comes in. If a parent knows they need gas and aren't going to take their kids out of the car b/c it's a hassle then get the gas when the kids aren't going to be there!

    Also, parents that leave their kids in the car "just to run in for FILL IN THE BLANK, remember this...having to hire a lawyer to get you out of the "Child Endangerment" charge will be much more expensive that hiring a babysitter to come watch your kids long enough for you to go take care of FILL IN THE BLANK!

  • CuriousT Oct 17, 2012

    Many years ago I worked in a dry cleaners. A mom left her baby in the car outside the front door. I watched the infant sleep after she unloaded her car and started her wash in the laundromat next door. I lost track of the woman after about 10 minutes. Thirty minutes later, she still hadn't showed up again. About that time, a State Trooper came in to drop off his laundry. He'd noticed the infant in the car and asked me about it. I mentioned how long I'd been watching the baby sleep while working, but that "mom" had been gone for more than 40 minutes and I didn't know where she went. She was no longer in the laundromat next door.

    He contacted the Police and SS came to get the child. Mom showed up just as the Police rolled up. It took another 40 minutes (80 minutes by that time) before the Police showed up. She had a tough time explaining where she'd been. SS took the infant anyway.

    BTW - I've heard that NC has a law against leaving an unoccupied car running.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 17, 2012

    If you have no credit of debit cards It takes a while to get three kids out of some of those seats go in and pay cash for $5.00 worth of gas. I have seen some parents send the 5 year old in to pay for the gas which can be just as dangerous.

  • computer trainer Oct 17, 2012

    I would love to have been there when he told his wife about what happened!!!

  • jhk0704 Oct 17, 2012

    Really???? Drive Thru maybe? You left your car unlocked, running, and unattended out of your line of sight with a child inside?

  • Lady Marksman Oct 17, 2012

    As hard as it is for some of us to believe that a parent would endanger their child in this way, it seems minor to some of the other dangers that some children face daily in their homes! Drug addicted parents buying/selling and using with little children around, moms being more concerned with her next fix than what Little Johnny is going to have for dinner or why her live in boyfriend is in the back bedroom with Little Susie.

    It's so sad the situations children are put into these days and yet, what can be done when we have a government that wants to keep people reliant instead of self-sufficient and educated?

  • packalum09 Oct 17, 2012

    "Call social services and ask them if it is OK to leave a 4 year old child in the car alone while in a store regardless how long and regardless if car is locked. You are a tool and hopefully do not have children"

    I never said that I would, personally, do it, and neither did I say that I agreed with it. I would actually be quite concerned if I saw a small child alone in a running car. However, I am not going to label him a bad parent because he did so in this instance. As another poster brought up, people run in to pay for gas all of the time, leaving their kid in the car. I've actually hung around until the adult got back to the car before leaving myself. This Biscuitville has a counter right at the front door, and if there was no one there, likely he thought that he would be in and out. Like I did say, people don't think that this could happen to them...I bet he'll go through that drive-thru next time.