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An alleged carjacker and would-be child advocate immediately returned to the scene of the crime to reportedly admonish the vehicle’s owner about her parenting skills and warned that he might call the cops on her unless she was a better mom.
Before circling back, the thief had made off with the SUV that, as he was walking by, he found unlocked and with the engine running outside a grocery store. As he was driving away initially, he discovered that a four-year-old child was sitting behind him in the back seat in a booster seat, prompting him to make the quick U-turn.
“A store employee was the first to notice the thief backing out in the woman’s car. The mom rushed outside and watched as he drove away, then turned into a nearby parking lot and came back,” NBC Portland affiliate KGW reported.
“He actually lectured the mother for leaving the child in the car and threatened to call the police on her,” Officer Matt Henderson of the Beaverton, Ore., police department in the Portland area explained according to The Oregonian. “He orders her to take the kid out of the car, and she does. Obviously, we’re thankful he brought the little one back and had the decency to do that.” He then drove off again.
The suspect is still at large in the incident that occurred at about 9 a.m. on Saturday. Authorities recovered the SUV that night. Police are requesting the public’s help in locating the suspect, who is presumed to be in the 20-30 age range.
According to cops, the mom was only about 15 feet from the vehicle when she parked outside the front door and went in to buy a gallon of milk and some meat. Her son was unharmed in the incident.
“What she did was not a crime. She was within sight and sound of her child,” Henderson added. “But she left the car running, so take that extra step, take the keys with you. It’s a good reminder to take extra precaution when we have our little ones with us.”
The store was reportedly surrounded by glass windows so customers could see, at least theoretically, what was going on outside.
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