WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A teen is in custody after stealing a car in West Hartford with a toddler inside.
At about 2:30 p.m. West Hartford Dispatch received a 911 call about a vehicle being stolen from Premium Auto at 932 New Britain Ave. The vehicle had a 2-year-old still inside. The 911 caller was the owner of the car.
The caller reported the vehicle was traveling west on New Britain Ave. Officers found the car a short time later traveling north on South Mian Street. They used a tire deflation device to slow the car down.
The suspect vehicle crashed into another car at the corner of South Main Street and Sedgwick Road. The male suspect got out of the car and ran off.
The suspect, a 16-year-old, was caught after a short foot chase and taken into custody.
Police discovered the teen had dropped off the toddler outside Pepe’s Pizza about a mile from where he stole the car.
The uninvolved vehicle struck by the suspect vehicle had three occupants, two of which were minors; no injuries were reported.
The 16-year-old is being treated at a local hospital as a precaution. They are in police custody.
As for the child, police say they are OK and have been reunited with their family.
West Hartford Police are urging everyone to be careful. These types of crimes are on the rise across the state.
West Hartford Police Captain Eric Rocheleau told News 8, “This incident happened in a quick moment. As soon as one of the parents got out of the car, walked away from the car for just a second…If you make it hard for them to take something, they go onto the next one.”
Police say some ways to do that is to lock your car and take your personal items with you.
This is an active investigation and criminal charges for the abduction and vehicle theft are pending.