Burlington car thief takes off in SUV with children inside

BURLINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- It's yet another warning for parents about leaving their children in a vehicle with the engine running - this time in Alamance County.

Burlington Police are looking for a suspect who stole an SUV with children inside Wednesday evening outside of a popular sporting goods store.

It happened about 8:30 p.m. outside Academy Sports at 655 Huffman Mill Road. Police said a man stole a silver 2015 Ford Explorer while it was parked in a loading area in front of the store.

The owner was preparing to load recently purchased items when the suspect ran up and took the car.

The owner's children, a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were in the backseat of the SUV when the suspect drove away. The driver released the children unharmed in the area of Forestdale Drive and Huffman Mill Road.

A witness saw the children being dumped and returned them to the parent at Academy Sports.

On Thursday about 5:45 a.m., the stolen SUV was found abandoned on Trail One near Trail Eight in Burlington.

Burlington Police haven't found the car thief. He was described only as wearing a green shirt and glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. Or you can call Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers anonymously at (336) 229-7100 or text 8398 to 274637 for a text-a-tip method, both with possible cash rewards.
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