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UPDATED: Man steals three cars, including one with a child inside

Post by Brian Everstine on March 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm with No Comments »
March 30, 2009 5:43 pm

Police are looking for man who stole three cars, including an SUV with an 18-month-old infant inside.

Tacoma Police spokesman Thomas Williams said a man stole a mid-90s Ford Escort near the intersection of Pacific Avenue South and 52nd Street South this afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m., the suspect drove to an apartment complex near the intersection ofg South 92nd Street and South Hosmer Street.

It was there that the suspect found a black Ford Explorer with the keys inside. The driver had pulled into the apartment complex and had just gotten out of the car, which still had its keys in the ignition and her son inside. The woman heard the engine start, and turned around to see the car with her child speed away, Williams said.

“It’s more than likely that he didn’t know he had an extra passenger inside,” Williams said.

The suspect apparently pulled over on Tacoma Avenue South near 76th Street and abandoned the Explorer. He then stole another Ford Escort, which also had its keys in the ignition. A neighbor went out to the Explorer, saw the child and called the police at about 5:30 p.m.

Police say the man is about 30, with a light complexion and is wearing a gray sweatshirt. His in a light blue Escort, license plate number 958-TNR.

The mother and her child have been reunited, and she drove her car away from the scene at about 6:15 p.m.

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