CHICAGO – A 1-year-old baby boy was found safe and reunited with his parents after the car he was traveling in was stolen from a South Loop auto shop on Wednesday.
According to an employee at the business, located on the first block of East 23rd Street, a customer arrived for a service quote on his Audi Q7 vehicle on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Chatel Cole, a shop manager, said he was outside working and watched the incident unfold. He saw another vehicle pull up next to the Audi.
“I think they were together because of the way he pulled up next to him,” she said.
The customer left the Audi running, unlocked and with a child inside, police said.
A short time later, one of the occupants of the second vehicle was seen on surveillance video getting out and jumping into the front seat of the Audi. Both vehicles then sped away, with the client chasing after the vehicle before it disappeared into Wabash.
“He stopped so we can get his information and everything, and it was two seconds,” he said. “He came in so we can go back outside to look at the damage, and when we were going back outside, she was starting her car.”
According to authorities, the vehicle was later found near the intersection of Cermak and Indiana, approximately two blocks from the store, with the child still safely inside.
So far, there are no suspects in custody.