SUV stolen with 2-year-old inside - - Jackson, MS

SUV stolen with 2-year-old inside

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 2-year-old boy is safe after someone stole his mother's SUV at a Jackson convenience store. The thief apparently did not realize initially that there was a child in the back seat of the beige Ford Expedition. The child was left alone in the vehicle at the Jasco Station at 1801 Terry Road when this happened shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. 

 Police consider it a crime of opportunity. The mother left her keys in the vehicle. According to Deputy Chief Brent Winstead, "He saw the keys were left in the vehicle and thought he was going to get an easy take on a vehicle unattended with the keys in it."

Police tell us, the unidentified man jumped in the woman's Ford Expedition and sped away. Lawmen swarmed the area, an Amber alert was issued. The mother was distraught and time was of the essence. Then a rare call was made by the kidnapper.

Winstead told reporters, "Supposedly the suspect made a call to one of his friends and notified them he had taken a car and there was a child in the car. He didn't know it and the child was unharmed and police could find the car here." A kidnapper calling to report the crime, a first according to investigators. "First here that I can recall that a suspect has actually called let us know where the vehicle was with a child," said Winstead.

Within 20 minutes the stolen SUV was spotted at the Target store on Interstate 55 in north Jackson.

The toddler was recovered unharmed and a reunited with his mother. How is the mother doing? "She's very distraught you have to sympathize with her a lot on that. She glad to have her child back glad the child is unharmed."

The unidentified man got away and is on the run tonight.

If found he will be charged with kidnapping and car theft.

Anyone with information is urged to call Jackson police at 601-960-1234 or Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477.

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