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Cops in Brooklyn find carjacked SUV with three kids inside

Three children kidnapped by a car thief were reunited with their parents in Brooklyn on Friday evening, police and witnesses said.

The kids were found at the corner of E. 78th St. and Farragut Ave. in Canarsie, several blocks from where they and the family car went missing.

Three children who were taken in a stolen car are found by police on East 78th Street and Farragut Road in Brooklyn, New York City on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Three children who were taken in a stolen car are found by police on East 78th Street and Farragut Road in Brooklyn, New York City on Friday, December 7, 2018. (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)

Their ordeal began around 4:30 p.m. when their mom popped into Feel Beauty, at the corner of Flatlands Ave. and E. 78th St., leaving her husband and their three kids in the family’s white 2005 Acura SUV.

The kids’ dad got out of the car to smoke a cigarette — leaving the car’s engine running, said sources.

The suspect walked past the car — and then, liking whatever he saw, backtracked, hopped into the driver seat, and drove off, with the three kids in the back.

Frightened and worried, the parents flagged down a police officer, who put out a citywide broadcast that described the car and the kids. The NYPD’s 69th Precinct tweeted a picture of the family — including the children, a 1-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old girl.

Cops distributed this picture of the three children kidnapped in a car theft in Canarsie on Friday, with their father.
Cops distributed this picture of the three children kidnapped in a car theft in Canarsie on Friday, with their father. (NYPD 69th Precinct via Twitter)

During the ordeal, the 8-year-old grabbed her dad’s cell phone, which he’d left in the car, and tried to call her parents, said cops. The suspect soon grabbed the phone from her.

Soon the suspect pulled over the car, and ran off.

Around 5:15 — about 45 minutes after the heist — cops scouring the area found the car with the kids safe and sound inside.

“When we arrived, the kids looked very scared and nervous,” said Officer Matthew Woods, one of the cops who found the children.

Woods and his partner asked the kids how they were doing. “Were OK,” answered the 8-year-old. “I tried to call Daddy.”

“I felt relieved the kids were OK,” said Woods, a parent.

Todd Heskins, who lives near East 78th and Farragut, said he saw police racing to the scene.

“I saw the mother with the 2-year-old. The little one was in the mother’s arms,” Heskins said.

“I’m just happy for the kids.”

A highway patrol officer carries a baby who was found in a stolen car on East 78th Street and Farragut Road in Brooklyn, New York City on Friday, December 7, 2018
A highway patrol officer carries a baby who was found in a stolen car on East 78th Street and Farragut Road in Brooklyn, New York City on Friday, December 7, 2018 (Gardiner Anderson for New York Daily News)

The children were taken to Kings County Hospital for a checkup.

The car was undamaged and parked legally on E. 78th St., a residential area.

Police late Friday were still looking for the carjacker, who they describe as a black male in his 20s. He wore a gray hoodie, black jacket, black pants and construction boots.

It’s unclear if the carjacker knew there were kids on board when he took the vehicle, sources said.

source: NYD

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