An 8-year-old girl was inside a car stolen Friday morning from a Deer Park 7-Eleven, but she was dropped off a short time later, Suffolk County police said.
Police said the girl was unharmed after the 7:20 a.m. theft, which started after the girl's father left her in the back seat of a 2007 Acura and went into the store at 7 Bay Shore Rd. While the father was inside, a man pulled up in a red van, got into the unlocked Acura and drove away with the child still in the car. Police would not say if the keys were left in the Acura.
He dropped her off a short time later about three miles away in the parking lot of West Islip Hot Bagels, at 544 Hunter Ave. He then drove off, according to a news release.
The van was still parked at the 7-Eleven, a police spokesman said, and detectives are "trying to decide whether it was stolen."
Police ask anyone with information on the incident to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous.
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