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PEMBROKE PARK (CBSMiami) – A four-year-old boy has been located safely and reunited with his mother after her vehicle was stolen in Pembroke Park Wednesday morning.

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The suspect remains on the run and now there is surveillance video and pictures of the suspect.

“I’ve never seen this person before,” the mother told CBS4 News after seeing his picture for the first time.  She declined to give her name.

Suspect wanted for stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy in the backseat on July 25, 2018. (BSO)

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the mother made a brief stop at the Marathon gas station at 5551 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard in Pembroke Park shortly after 7:40 a.m. While she was inside, someone jumped into her Mitsubishi Outlander and drove away with her 4-year-old son in the back seat.

“This mom, around 7:43, stopped at a Marathon gas station, I’m told, just to grab a drink inside the store. She left her 4-year-old child in the car, ran inside. By the time she came out someone had jumped into the car and had driven away with her child in the back,” said BSO spokesperson Keyla Concepcion.

“She was shopping inside and then someone told her, ‘Where’s your car?’”, explained store clerk Mohammed Hossain.

He said she raced outside to find her SUV and her child were gone.

“She was like, ‘Call 911, I lost my baby and my car.’ I said, ‘I’m already talking to them on the phone already.’”

In a matter of minutes, BSO was on the case and a Sergeant learned she had left her cell phone in the car.

Suspect wanted for stealing an SUV with a 4-year-old boy in the backseat on July 25, 2018. (BSO)

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He was able to use the Find My Phone feature to locate the phone and the vehicle.

“Once he heard that the mom had left her iPhone inside the car, he immediately grabbed his laptop and did the Find My Phone and was able to pinpoint the location for the phone,” said Concepcion.



Apparently, it didn’t take long for the crook to realize he got more than he bargained for in this theft and dumped the SUV in the parking lot of a plaza at SR 7 and Pembroke Road where Home Depot is located in West Park.

Surveillance video captured him calming walking away.

The child, and vehicle, were located within 12 minutes of receiving the original call.

The mother is grateful that it only took 12 minutes to find her child unharmed.  When CBS4 News asked how the 4-year-old was doing, his mother said, “Great. He’s at home playing with his toys.”

She’s hopeful someone will recognize him and call Crime Stoppers.  “They’ll find him, they’ll find him,” she said.  “I’m confident.  BSO did a great job.”

If you have a tip call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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