The Oregon police department are looking for a man who stole a car Saturday morning without realizing a child was in the backseat and came back to speak to the victim of the car theft for abandoning her child unattended.
When the suspect saw the child, he returned to the mother and reprimanded her, threatened to call the police on her and then drove away in her car, Beaverton Police Spokesman Officer Said.
“He hopped in the car, drove it ,realized there was a 4-year old inside, and drove back and ordered her to take the child out of the car and then drove away again,” Henderson said.
“We’re thankful he had the decency to bring the little one back.” The little boy was unharmed, Police said.
The crime took place at a meat market in Beaverton, where Crystal Leary left the engine of her car running and doors unlocked before going inside for a few minutes to purchase meat and a gallon of milk.
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She was just 15 feet away from the car on the other side of the glass, Henderson said, but turned around at the wrong moment.
‘As moms, we get really busy and we think we’re just running in for a second and this is just a perfect example of just letting our guards down and how terrible it could have ended,” Crystal Leary, the mother, said.
“I am thankful that he is okay. it was so stupid and I’ll never do that again, but it’s that split second decision that can just change everything.”
The car, a 2013 silver Honda Pilot, was recovered a few hours later in the Portland, just 8 miles away from Beaverton, Police are still search for the thief, according to Henderson.
The suspect is described as a white male with long, dark brown braided hair. He wore a multi-colored face mask.
“This is a good learning lesson for all of us who have children,” Henderson said .”Be extra careful with your kids, take the extra step to make sure they’re safe.