RIGHT NOW: PBSO is looking for the person who stole a black Kia left running in the Raceway parking lot with a 5 1/2 month old infant in the back seat. Baby was left unharmed at a Sunoco in RPB. Workers here at Raceway say this is the man deputies are looking for @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/ieXMqbmOrC— Kristen Chapman (@KChapmanCBS12) March 20, 2018
A car thief in Florida had to improvise after he noticed that a baby was in the back seat of the car he had just stolen.
According to WPTV, Palm Beach, Florida, authorities are looking for the suspect who stole a Kia Rio from a gas station. As the driver walked up the gas station’s store, a thief stepped inside the vehicle, which had been left running.
This man stole a car with the keys in the ignition at a West Palm Beach gas station, little did he know there was a baby in the backseat. He then dropped off the baby at another gas station in Royal Palm Beach. Baby is OK, help @PBCountySheriff find him. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/32skiV6xxF— Michelle Quesada (@M_Quesada) March 20, 2018
According to the surveillance footage captured at the time of the incident, the car owner later stepped outside looking confused. As soon as he noticed that the car was gone, he ran back inside to get help.
But as the thief drove away, he noticed that there was an infant in a car seat in the back. Presumably desperate to avoid a kidnapping charge, he then pulled into another gas station where he left the child with the clerk.
Thankfully, the 5-month-old was not harmed.
After agreeing to take the child, the gas station clerk alerted the police.
Online, the entire ordeal went viral with people on Twitter sharing the footage and the story in shock. Some pointed out the disturbing fact that the infant was left unattended inside a running vehicle in the first place.
He’s more responsible than whoever left a baby in a car alone https://t.co/Sk9HtuB93m— DVN (@dulce_gabbana) March 20, 2018
Hold up so someone left baby unattended in car hmmm two people going to jail here— Michael Thorpe (@MICHAEL1THORPE) March 20, 2018
At least the thief had enough of a conscience to bring the infant to safety rather than dumping the child on the side of the road or just keeping the baby along for the joyride. Perhaps there is some truth to the old proverb, "there is honor among thieves."
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