When a father left his running car outside an Indiana Family Dollar on Tuesday, two unknown suspects took the opportunity to drive off with his vehicle.
According to WISH, witnesses saw the men drive away in the 2008 Dodge Charger with the dad’s 4-year-old son inside.
But less than an hour later, the alleged thieves dropped the boy off at a nearby church day care.
Sister Grace Jackson Wright said the men left the child right outside Greater Morning Star Child Care Ministry, the day care she founded.
She’s unsure why the men chose to drop the child off there because it was a bit of a drive from the Family Dollar they stole the car from. Wright explained to WISH:
“You have to do some turning and twisting to drive here from Family Dollar. It’s an out-of-the-way area. This is not on a main street. For someone to just let a little child out of the car at a strange place — think about what could have happened.”
Authorities picked up the boy and eventually reunited him with his family. Though Wright didn’t know him, she said she’s been extremely emotional because the child could have been hurt.
“I’m having trouble keeping myself composed because I know what could have been. After you’ve worked with children as long as I have, you’ve seen so many things, but God was protecting that baby.”
Wright added that she hasn’t experienced anything like this in the 20 years that she’s worked there.
According to Safewise, there are a number of precautions you can take to keep your vehicle from being stolen.
Car owners should never leave their vehicle running and should always keep their keys with them. Additionally, you should always lock your car and park it in a safe location.
There are safety options you can install, such as physical anti-theft devices and electronic auto recovery systems.
As of Tuesday, the father’s car had not been recovered, and the alleged thieves have not been found.