NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – New Orleans police are hoping you can help them catch two men who they stole a car in Central City with a two-year-old girl in the backseat.
It was about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Surveillance video caught a black Infiniti pulling into the Shell station on the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue in Central City. Police say the driver leaves his engine running, headlights on, and his two-year-old daughter alone as he heads inside to pay for gas.
Meanwhile the driver of a stolen red PT Cruiser parked at a nearby pump is caught exiting the Chrysler, running towards the black Infiniti, and taking off with the car and the child. This as a passenger in the PT Cruiser gets into the driver’s seat and also speeds away.
80-year-old Dolores Givens lives in the area. Dolores says, “Poor little innocent child, but then you got to be careful not to leave those kids. You can’t let the kids out of your sight.”
“I’ve jumped out of my car and left it running, but I didn’t have my children in the car, but even though I can’t say I wouldn’t have. People don’t think about things at the time,” says concerned father Maurice Lee.
Police say while the father may be facing charges their focus is on finding the two suspects facing theft and simple kidnapping.
As for the toddler, police say the little girl was found in good condition about two miles away by a passerby wandering alone, on the sidewalk near the intersection of St. Louis and Treme Streets.
Cmdr. Robert Bardy with the NOPD says, “Basically, this is a crime of opportunity and it’s something that we should, as citizens, should be more aware of. Who would get out in a gas station and leave their car running? More so, who would leave their child inside the car? So this is something that may have, and could have been prevented if someone could just take a little more precaution.”
Police are looking for a black 2003 Infinity G35 with Louisiana plate XXM725. Police say there was a gun inside the car.
They’re also looking for a red Chrysler PT Cruiser with Louisiana tag XTF472. They say this car was also stolen.
If you have any information call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111