‘Happened in 15 seconds’: Video shows suspect steal SUV with 3-year-old child inside

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland police are still looking for the suspect who stole a car carrying a 3-year-old child, who was later found safe, from a gas station.

The car was left running in the gas station parking lot at East 30th Street and Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. The child's relative went into the gas station to pay for gas, leaving the child in the vehicle and the keys in the ignition.

Surveillance video shows the suspect getting into the vehicle and driving away.

Ammar Zayed, the manager of the gas station, called 911 when it happened and then got in his car to look for the little girl.

"I was worried for the little girl, you know," he said. "I knew these people just stole a car, so they don't think right, so I'm thinking they would drop the little girl off...as soon as they noticed she was in the car."

Police found the toddler 10 minutes later walking on Broadway Avenue. The child told police that there were three men in the car with her.  She was checked by EMS, but appeared to be unharmed.

"It honestly happened in 15 seconds," said Zayed. "You should never leave your car running, especially with a child inside of it. It's illegal for a reason, and you know I was so scared for that little girl."

The car was recovered unoccupied in the area of East 99th Street.

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