Search continues for suspect who stole car with toddler inside in Manchester

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Manchester Police are looking for the driver of a stolen Lexus who initially took the SUV with a 1-year-old boy inside.

According to Manchester Police, the mother called 911, saying someone took her car and her child was still inside.

A grey 2022 Lexus RX 350 with Connecticut license plate BD96999 was taken from the parking lot of Saint Bridget Church at 74 Main St. at about 12:50 p.m.

Police said the car was left running and unlocked when the suspect walked up. A 1-year-old child was secured in a car seat inside of the car at the time, as well.

The suspect took the toddler out of the car on Summit Street. Police believe the suspect removed the child and car seat before they continued to flee.

The child was found safe only minutes after the car was stolen. He is back with his mother.

The stolen vehicle was last seen on I-84 East in the area of East Hartford. At around 3 p.m., Manchester Police reported the vehicle had been found unoccupied in Manchester.

Manchester Mayor Jay Moran told News 8 car thefts have recently been on the rise in his town just like they have been throughout our state. He wants state legislators to act.

“Nothing is more concerning to me than when a child is in the car,” Moran said. “And if I was that parent…I mean I wouldn’t want to be that parent. I feel for them…As municipal leaders, we are concerned about the safety of our community and there has to be something done…We will continue to address our legislator and governor to look into this.”

Investigators ask anyone with information on the suspect to call (860) 645-5500.

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