2 youngsters taken into custody after stealing car with toddler inside

KILLEEN, TX – Killeen police arrested two teenagers Saturday after allegedly stealing a vehicle with an infant on the 3600 block of Zephyr Road.

The Killeen Police Department received an 911 call around 5:21 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 about a theft of a vehicle with a 9-month-old boy inside.

Officials were told that the owner of the vehicle left it running while he got out to speak to his wife briefly when she was placing an order for food at the restaurant.

At that moment he turned around and noticed that the vehicle was missing, according to police.

A description of the vehicle was provided to assisting officers and within minutes they located the vehicle, which was traveling north with two occupants on 38th Street.

Officials tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and, according to the Killeen Police Department, fled.

A brief chase followed, and the suspect driver stopped near Westcliff Road.

The two inmates, a 15-year-old man and a 14-year-old woman, were arrested without incident.

At around 5:38 p.m., when officers arrested the occupants of the stolen vehicle, officers were told that a toddler had been left in his car seat by the side of the road and appeared to be unharmed.

Additional officers responded immediately to the location of the child where they were received by Killeen EMS.

As a precautionary measure, the child was assessed by EMS and found to be in good health with no injury.

“This is another reminder to never leave children in an unattended vehicle, even for a moment. Thieves are always looking for casual crimes. Days B Shift officials did an excellent job locating the vehicle and getting the child safely back to his family, ”said Charles Kimble, Killeen Police Chief.

Killeen police said the investigation was still ongoing.

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