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Roosevelt car theft, ditching seen on surveillance video

New video from a surveillance camera outside a Roosevelt deli shows the suspect in the theft of a car and the kidnapping of two sisters late Wednesday — and additional video later shows the car being abandoned in Freeport.

The video was obtained by News 12 Long Island.

Nassau County police investigators have not yet commented on the surveillance footage, which could ultimately be key to identifying the suspect — a man who brazenly approached the dark-colored sedan outside the Midway Deli on Nassau Road at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, got in and drove off.

Police said the vehicle had been left running by a 33-year-old woman, who left her two daughters, ages 17 and 6, asleep in the car while she went into the store.

The two girls had minor bruises after exiting the then-moving car in Freeport, jumping from the vehicle, police said, after they realized a thief was behind the wheel.

Police said the sisters were taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation; they were unable to describe the subject who was driving.

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned on the 100 block of Merrick Road, about three miles from the deli, police said.

Surveillance footage obtained by News 12 shows the car being abandoned near an auto shop.

The earlier footage, obtained from the deli where the Mercedes-Benz was stolen, showed the woman and her son exit the car and enter the store, the car still running. Moments later a man, wearing dark-colored clothing, white sneakers and a hat, approaches the car from the passenger side, walks behind it, enters the car — and drives off.

The woman and her son are then seen exiting the deli and looking at the spot where the car had been.

A store customer told News 12’s Drew Scott that after calling 911 the woman began crying, “My babies! My babies!”

Meanwhile, the two girls awoke, found that their mother was not driving and “were able to exit the car at a location in Freeport when the vehicle slowed,” police said. Police said the two flagged down a passing motorist, who drove them home.

Anyone with information about the car theft is asked to call Nassau Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

All information will be kept confidential.

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