On Jan. 30, a vehicle with a sleeping child in the backseat was stolen from a Newark, NJ, auto body shop.
A woman briefly left her Nissan Altima idling with her 5-year-old child in the backseat in front of an auto body shop on Central Avenue at about 7 p.m., police said.
While she was gone, a man entered the car and sped off with the child inside.
When the mother returned to find her car and child missing, she panicked and urged the auto shop workers to help her, police said. One worker said he ran down the street to look for the car.
“She said, ‘Did you see a black car? My baby, my baby,’ then she fell in my arms,” a witness said.
“She was crying, she broke out in tears,” said John Scott. He said the mom is one of his customers at Belmont Motor works at 531 Central Ave. Belmont Motor Works is an Independent BMW service shop.
The car was found just around the corner, near North 10th Street, police said. The child was inside and unharmed. This was the second case of a car jacking with children in Newark within a week.