At 3 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11, Escondido Police received a 911 call from a mother who reported that her car had just been stolen, with her five month old daughter inside.
The mother told responding officers that she was leaving her residence in the 1000 block of Rock Springs Road. The mother put her baby in a car seat and quickly ran inside to get an item that she had forgotten.
In the short amount of time that it took the mother to run inside, her car was stolen with the baby still in the car seat. A child in the neighborhood witnessed the theft.
Escondido police officers, detectives, allied agency personnel, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopter all responded quickly and began an extensive search for the 2014 Toyota Camry.
Around forty-five minutes later a citizen called police with a possible sighting of the stolen car near Grand Avenue and Rose Street Officers converged on the area and within a few minutes found the stolen car in a parking lot at 1501 E. Grand Ave.
The baby was found safe in the car seat. The child was returned to her parents. The suspect has not been located. He was described as Hispanic in his 30’s with a medium height and build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark colored pants, with an unknown tattoo appearing under his right shirt sleeve.
Escondido Police are seeking information on the case at 760-839-4722, or leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477).