Child found unharmed after car theft in Waterbury

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Police in Waterbury, Conn., responded to a report of a stolen motor vehicle from a local gas station and found out that an infant was in the backseat when the vehicle was taken on May 11, 2021.

Police in Waterbury, Conn., responded to a report of a stolen motor vehicle from a local gas station and found out that an infant was in the backseat when the vehicle was taken on May 11, 2021.

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WATERBURY — A child was found asleep and unharmed in the backseat of a vehicle that was stolen Tuesday night from a local gas station, police said Wednesday.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, police were dispatched to a report of a stolen motor vehicle — a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox — from the Shell gas station at 618 West Main St.

The caller told police that their infant child was inside the vehicle during the theft. When officers got to the scene, the woman told officers she contacted On-Star and was told her vehicle was in the area of Highland Avenue at Chase Parkway.

Officers responded to the area and found the vehicle in the parking lot of Webster Bank at 326 Highland Ave.

“The infant child was found sleeping in their car seat inside the vehicle,” police said. “The child was unharmed and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene for an evaluation.”

Police said the individual accused of taking the vehicle with the child inside it showed up at the gas station in a gray Infiniti. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 203-574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

This is the second time a vehicle has been taken with a child inside it in Connecticut this month.

A 5-year-old girl was found unharmed during the early morning hours of May 3 inside a vehicle that was stolen from a Wolcott convenience store late on May 2 while she was asleep in the backseat, police said. An 11-year-old boy who was also in the vehicle jumped out before the driver took off. The alleged suspects in this incident remain at large.