An opportunistic thief stole a car from a gas station last night, but soon dumped it after finding a two-year-old child strapped inside.
Police found the car abandoned in a neighborhood about 10 blocks away from where it was stolen. The child was not hurt.
The incident began about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when a woman told police she left her child in her car to step inside the Fast Stop at 75th Street and Holmes Road to pay for fuel.
A black sport-utility vehicle pulled into the parking lot and a passenger got out. He then hopped into the woman's car and sped away.
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Officers checked the area and found the woman's car in the 7300 block of Tracy Avenue.
Police later found the suspect's black SUV parked near 67th Street and Lydia Avenue.