After a car was stolen Wednesday night from a South Claiborne Avenue gas station with a 2-year-old girl in the back seat, the child was found wandering on a street corner in the Treme afterward, New Orleans police said.
A man and his friend, both driving separate vehicles, pulled into the Shell gas station in the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 25), according to a NOPD report. The man got out of his car, an Infiniti G35, and left his keys and 2-year-old daughter inside to go pay for gas, while his friend watched from the other vehicle at the opposite gas pump, the report states.
While the man was inside the store, a two men in a third vehicle, possibly a red Chrysler PT Cruiser, pulled into the parking lot, the report states. The driver of the PT Cruiser jumped out and got into the Infiniti G35 – with the 2-year-old girl still inside — and both it and the PT Cruiser drove away, the report states.
The victim’s friend got the victim’s attention inside the store, and they tried to follow the stolen car, but lost sight of it, the report states. Around 10:45 p.m., someone saw the girl wandering on the sidewalk near the intersection of St. Louis and Treme streets and took her to the First District police station, where she was reunited with her father, the report states.
Police are still looking for the stolen car, described as a black 2003 Infiniti G35 with Louisiana license plate XXM725.
Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.