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Thieves make off with SUV — with a baby in carseat on board (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Minutes after two teens took an unlocked SUV from a church parking lot Sunday afternoon, they returned with part of their stolen cargo: a baby girl who'd been strapped in her carseat in the back.

Police said the teens took the Toyota Highlander around 2:15 p.m. as its owners were unloading tables and chairs at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 2580 12th Ave. S. The couple left the SUV unlocked briefly with the keys, and baby, inside. When the owners went into the church, the teens hopped in and drove away, police said.

Surveillance video shows the boys dropping the baby in front of nearby house at 2022 11th Ave. S just three minutes later. The homeowner found her outside, unharmed and still in her carseat, and called police.

The teens eventually dumped the car, too. Police found it in a parking lot on 22nd Avenue S about 7:30 p.m.

Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying the teen seen in the video. Anyone with information can call (727) 893-7780, text (727) 420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at (727) 892-5000.

An image taken from surveillance video shows a man carrying a baby girl to the porch of a home on 11th Street S minutes after the SUV in which she was riding was stolen.

St. Petersburg Police Department

An image taken from surveillance video shows a man carrying a baby girl to the porch of a home on 11th Street S minutes after the SUV in which she was riding was stolen.

Thieves make off with SUV — with a baby in carseat on board (w/video) 05/20/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:42am]
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