Crime & Courts

Boy, 10, in backseat unhurt when man steals pickup at QT

A 10-year-old boy was unharmed when the truck he was sitting in was stolen from a QuikTrip parking lot, police said Wednesday.

The suspect dropped the boy off about a block south of the store, and he returned to his father uninjured, said Lt. Mike Hennessy of the Wichita Police Department.

The boy's father, 30, left the truck running when he went into the QuikTrip at 324 S. West St. at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Hennessy said. While he was inside the store, a man in his late 20s drove off with the white F-150, Hennessy said.

Police are not sure how the suspect discovered the boy was in the backseat of the extended-cab truck, but he pulled over and told him to leave the vehicle.

The son went back to the convenience store and told his father that the truck had been stolen. Hennessy said the 2001 Ford had damage to the front. Police have not located the truck.

Hennessy said the Police Department has stressed the importance of locking vehicles and turning them off — especially in cold weather, when auto thefts tend to increase.

"This happens quite a bit, more than it should because individuals are not locking vehicles up," Hennessy said. "They think they're just being in stores for a quick minute, and that's all it takes is a few seconds."