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Police: Suspect wanted for stealing vehicle with child in the back seat

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 14:59:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police said they are searching for a suspect who stole a vehicle with a child in the back seat Tuesday morning.

Police said the suspect stole the vehicle from the 700 block of Hill Top Road at approximately 10:11 a.m.

Shortly after, officers recovered the abandoned vehicle nearby.

Police said the child exited the vehicle prior to the officers arriving on scene and was unharmed.

Detectives say the suspect reportedly stole a firearm from the vehicle. No suspect description has been released at this time.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of this suspect is asked to call Third Precinct Det. E. Sandlin at (804) 646-1010 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or www.7801000.com [7801000.com]. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Detectives are also reminding residents to take precautions to prevent crimes of opportunity such as motor vehicle theft or theft from motor vehicles:

· Lock car doors.
· Keep valuables out of sight.
· Never leave keys or the key fob inside the car. It makes the vehicle an easy target.
· Don’t leave a running vehicle unattended, even for a few minutes. It does not take long for someone to get in and drive away.