Two Cars Stolen Over The Weekend With Kids Inside

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Over the weekend thieves stole two cars left running at local gas stations with children inside. Police said the thieves abandoned the kids on random streets.

The most recent incident happened Sunday at the Citgo on Brick Church Pike in Nashville.

"I love coming up here and selling my mix tapes, they have good chicken up here and everything," ​​​​​​said Kevonterious Hatcher.

On Sunday, police said a mom left her car running in the parking lot and it was stolen with her 2-year-old girl inside. A man got out of the stolen blue Nissan Versa and entered the white Hyundai Elantra. 

A suspect in the stolen car drove it more than 10 minutes away with the 2-year-old girl in the back seat.
Eventually, they let her out on an East Nashville sidewalk. 

Fortunately, officers found the little girl a short time later, crying on a porch. She wasn't hurt.

Feet away on Pennock Avenue, the suspects ditched the stolen Nissan Versa, and they were last seen in the white Hyundai that they took from the Citgo.

Today customers at the gas station were shaken up. The Citgo gas station was not the only gas station targeted by thieves this weekend.

On Saturday, a Mapco customer left a car running with a 5, 6, and 10-year-old asleep in the back seat. The thieves were caught on camera at the gas station that's located at 585 Stewarts Ferry Pike.

A concerned citizen called in the ditched car from Blackwood Drive at Norwalk Drive. The children were later found asleep inside.

"People wake up, do not leave your cars running wherever you go," Hatcher said.

No charges have been filed in either case at this time. The parents who left their kids in a running car could be charged only if the child is hurt, or their welfare is affected. 

If you recognize the suspects in the surveillance photos, you can leave anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME according to a police release.

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