A wily car thief in Richmond yesterday stole a family's vehicle while they had stepped briefly inside their home for a bathroom break. What the thief failed to notice was the five-year-old girl asleep in the backseat.
The thief or thieves had worked extremely quickly, as the family had just returned home from taking the girl to a doctor's appointment, and stepped inside with their three-year-old son when they heard a car start outside. Their 1995 Nissan, they then discovered, was gone. They reported the theft to police around 7 p.m., and within 15 minutes the car was found only three blocks away. The young girl was still sound asleep in the backseat.
Police believe the thief used a "phantom key" to start the vehicle, and abandoned it as soon as he noticed the girl.
Clearly he didn't see the '95 Nissan as being worth a kidnapping charge.