RI police searching for man accused of stealing car with young child in back seat

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WHDH) - Police in Rhode Island are searching for a man they say stole a car with a child in the back seat.

It all happened in Woonsocket Monday afternoon when the child’s mother ran into Mason Grocery, a convenience store, on Elm Street and left the car running nearby.

“She went into the Mason Grocery store, she was in there for just a couple of moments while she was maybe 50 feet away from the car,” said police  Captain John Picard.

The car was left on Sweet Avenue about a block away from where it was taken and the 2-year-old girl was not harmed.

Police do not believe the man knew the child was in the back seat and he was able to flee the scene before police arrived.

“The big lesson is, don’t leave your car running and unattended,” Picard said. “Don’t leave your children in a car that is running and unattended, even though you’re only going to be in the store a moment or two.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.


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