Girl safe after vehicle stolen with 3-year-old inside - KCTV5

Girl safe after vehicle stolen with 3-year-old inside

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A grandmother was overwhelmed after she was reunited with her 3-year-old granddaughter who was in a vehicle stolen from a KCK gasoline station.

The little girl's mother was inside a BP gas station in line to pay for her gas when two men took off in the vehicle Friday morning. The keys were inside along with Nila, who was in the back seat.

As the mother sprinted after the vehicle, a good Samaritan heard her screams. He leaped in action and helped tracked the vehicle, which was found abandoned a few blocks away.

"I was driving really fast trying to find them," Jerome Hooks said.

KCK police questioned the mother while the girl was released to the care of her grandmother. Linda Jones said she was panic stricken when she first learned from her daughter that the "baby" had been taken in the car.

"I was very relieved," Jones said when she got a second call saying that Nila had been found safe and sound.

The Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen in the area of 77th Street and Parallel Parkway about 7:50 a.m. The vehicle was found abandoned in the area of 77th and Armstrong Avenue about 15 minutes later. A sanitation worker helped care for the child until authorities arrived.

Hooks went back to get Nila's mother and drive her to her daughter's side.

"She kept thanking me, and thanking me and thanking me. She was crying. She wasn't worried about her car. I told her that her baby was OK. That's the main thing. She wanted to get to the baby," he recalled.

Police are looking for several suspects seen in a white Buick LeSabre, whose occupants are believed to have been casing the area. The white men were in the 20s and the Buick had a Missouri license plate. A second gray vehicle is also suspected of being involved.

Police reviewed surveillance video as they seek the suspects. If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police reminded motorists not to leave your car running when it's cold. They said thieves watch and pounce to take advantage of unattended vehicles.

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