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Two charged after minivan stolen with children inside

Posted September 29, 2008 11:05 a.m. EDT

— A Louisburg couple has been charged with stealing a minivan in which two young children were sleeping, police said Monday.

Robert Dale Rose, 49, and Christie Lynn Coffman, 31, both of 166 Osage Road, were each charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle. Rose also was charged with driving while impaired and driving without a license.

They were being held Monday in the Johnston County Detention Center under $200,000 secured bonds.

A 2005 Honda Odyssey was stolen from outside a business at 12973 U.S. Highway 70 Business in Clayton shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, police said. The owner told police she left the keys in the ignition while she ran inside, but the van was gone when she came back out.

Two children, ages 1 month and 15 months, were sleeping in child seats inside the minivan, police said.

Police stopped the van about two miles away on U.S. 70 Business near Amelia Church Road. The driver pulled over and was arrested without incident, while officers had to chase down a female passenger who fled the vehicle on foot, police said.

The children were unharmed, and the van wasn't damaged, police said.