ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — A vehicle theft in Robbinsdale Monday morning triggered elevated concern when the thief drove off with a 4-year-old child inside the car.
The owner of the vehicle, Jannah Almalki, was filling up her tires at the Hy-Vee convenience store and gas station just off County 81 around 7:30 a.m. when an unknown man jumped into the car and took off with the child in the backseat, according to Robbinsdale Police.
A short distance later the vehicle stopped, and the 4-year-old got out unhurt. The suspect then took off again, driving out of the parking lot and onto 36th Avenue North.
"I'm literally going to be scared all the time now and I'm sure she is too," Almalki told KARE 11. "What a memory for a four-year-old to have."
Almalki said she was standing right next to her car at the gas station, pumping air, when she felt a "big weight" on her car. Next thing she knew, the car was in reverse and the door was locked.
"I'm literally screaming, my daughter, my daughter! And there were people already on their phone," Almalki said.
Multiple witnesses called 911, but the suspect took off on 36th Avenue North after leaving Almalki's daughter in the parking lot. Her daughter is shaken up mentally, but physically, she is not hurt.
"I was just so happy she was okay," Almalki said. "I don't care, take the car, take my money, but I was just so glad she was okay."
The stolen vehicle was soon found abandoned in a Golden Valley parking lot. Almalki said that her phone and laptop were among the items stolen.
Investigators from Robbinsdale later found a second stolen vehicle that was dropped off by the suspect in a parking lot next to Hy-Vee just before police say he stole the woman's vehicle.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the suspect or suspects, Robbinsdale Police want to hear from you.
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