Two vehicles stolen in Nashville with kids inside, search for suspects ongoing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Metro Nashville Police are still trying to identity the people responsible in two apparently unrelated cases in which vehicles were stolen with children inside.
On Sunday night, police said a white Hyundai Elantra was stolen with a 2-year-old inside after a mother left the car running while going into Terry's Quickstop at 3040 Brick Church Pike.
Police said the people who stole the Elantra had gotten out of another stolen vehicle, a Nissan Versa, from an April 10 case. Both vehicles fled the parking lot. Officers were able to track the victim's cell phone to East Nashville where they found the 2-year-old crying and standing on the front of a porch in the 1000 block of Pennock Avenue. The toddler was unharmed.
The stolen Versa was found in an alley between Meridian Street and Pennock Ave. The Elantra hasn't been found.
In another case, police say thieves jumped into a black Chevy Cruz that had been left running at the Mapco at 585 Stewarts Ferry Pike at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday. Three children, ages 5, 6 and 10, were inside the vehicle. A witness told police two men, one white and one black, walked up and took the Cruz. Minutes later, officers got a call from a citizen who said the Cruz had been abandoned at Blackwood Drive at Norwalk Drive. The three kids were in the back seat, asleep and unharmed.
Th citizen said he was walking his dog when he saw the Cruz stop near him. He said both men, one wearing a grey sweatshirt and the other wearing a red sweatshirt, jumped out of the car and ran. A police K9 tried to track the men, with no luck.
Police are cautioning citizens to not leave vehicles unattended with the motors running and the keys inside.
Anyone who has any information on these crimes should call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.