Colorado Springs police said a car was stolen with a 3-year-old boy inside early Sunday morning, but the snow-covered toddler was soon found on a doorstep after the thief apparently dropped him off.
The child's father, Anthony Pettiford, told police he had stepped a few feet from his running car to greet a friend about 2:06 a.m. at a 7-Eleven at 331 S. Hancock Ave., police said.
Pettiford said as he chatted, someone sneaked up, jumped into his 1995 white Chrysler New Yorker and drove off with his son inside.
"At first I was just shocked like, 'What the heck?'" the father told 7NEWS Sunday. And then I (said), 'Hey, my son's in there, man!' I kept yelling and ... I just started running after my car."
The car drove out of sight.
But about 10 minutes later, Traci Gilbert was awakened by someone knocking on the door of her duplex and ringing the bell. But she didnt see anyone when she looked out her peephole, according to The Gazette
She opened the door to find a 3-year-old boy covered in snow and sleet.
"Help me, Im cold," the little boy said, Gilbert recalled to the newspaper.
Gilbert said the car thief left the boy in the cold outside her home, about four blocks from the 7-Eleven. The thief gave the boy a plastic bag that held a container of soy milk, a sippy cup, two diapers, wipes and pajama bottoms, The Gazette reported.
Gilbert flagged down a patrol car, and police said they reunited the boy with his parents.
Police are asking the public to help them locate the stolen New Yorker, which has a Colorado license plate number 083-VGE.
Anyone who sees the car is asked to call police at 719-444-7000. Anyone who knows the car thief's identity or the car's location can also anonymously text a tip to 847411 by typing CSPD and your tip.
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