Police in Newark are on the search for a suspect who drove off in a car that was left running with a baby inside in a section of Newark Monday.
According to a statement released by Newark Police officials, at approximately 4:40 p.m., the unidentified suspect jumped inside and sped away in a running vehicle in the 100-block of 16th Avenue.
Officials said when multiple police units arrived at the scene, a female victim reported that a 6-month old infant was inside.
Five minutes later, police swarmed the neighborhoods and were informed that the unharmed child was left curbside behind Home Depot on Springfield Avenue.
The suspect reportedly noticed the child in the vehicle then chose the shopping center to place the baby before speeding away in the car.
Police say the incident was not a carjacking and no weapon was shown. This was reportedly a poor decision by the driver to leave the vehicle running with a baby inside.
Newark Police and city officials are continuing to warn residents never to leave a car running within the city limits or anywhere and anytime. It is an easy target for thieves.
This incident remains under investigation.