SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The two toddlers that were kidnapped when the family car they were in was stolen in San Francisco’s Mission District are safe with their parents.
The children’s parents say they got out of their car to take photographs of a house and left the vehicle running while their 1-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter slept in the backseat.
The couple walked only a feet away and that’s when a woman jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. The children’s father jumped in front of the speeding car but was hit.
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“The car started speeding towards us and I wanted to get in front of the car so she understood, ‘that isn’t your car, and there’s precious cargo inside,’” said McKay Thomas.
The car was stolen from 22nd and Shotwell Streets at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A short time later, a homeowner found the vehicle parked in a driveway at 224 Sweeny St. about two miles away. The children were found uninjured.
The family is still shaken from the experience but the parents have learned a valuable lesson.
“I will always, always turn off the car and lock the door, even if I’m just stepping a few feet away,” said Stephanie Thomas. “It’s a good reminder that you’re not as in control as you might think.
San Francisco police say they are investigating the car for evidence and looking for surveillance video at the scene to help identify the suspect. Police say they are looking for a white female with curly, short brown hair, between 20-30 years-old.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the vehicle or suspect is asked to contact police immediately.
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