MODESTO, CA - A child was sleeping in the back seat of a car when somebody broke in and stole it Thursday night.
The 2002 black Mercury Grand Marquis was stolen from Butte Avenue and Olympia Street in south Modesto around 9 p.m., Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Anthony Bejaran said.
A man, his nephew and 8-year-old son were in the area regarding a bullying issue with the nephew. The man said he left his son in the car because he was sleeping and walked up to the home with his nephew. The conversation escalated into an argument and the man and nephew decided to leave.
When they headed back toward the car, they found that it was stolen with the 8-year-old still inside, Bejaran said. Within 2 minutes, the boy was dropped off on the 1700 block of Dallas Street by the female suspect. Bejaran said she then fled the scene.
The boy was not injured nor was he threatened.
Bejaran said deputies are investigating the case, but not as a kidnapping. No suspect description was available.
Anyone with information about the car theft is urged to call call the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department at 209-525-7114. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.