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UPDATE: Thief Steals Car Left Running with Child Inside in West Orange

West Orange

Police in West Orange are on the search for a suspect wanted for stealing a running vehicle that had a child inside Wednesday. 

According to West Orange Police officials, at approximately 12:12 p.m., patrol units responded to Columbia Street on a reported theft of a motor vehicle with a child inside.

Police officials said the mother of the child and owner of the vehicle stated to police that she left the car running -with her child in the backseat- while running into a store.

Officers canvassing the area recovered the vehicle almost immediately a block away with the child inside uninjured.

Police say the suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle upon realizing a child was in the car and fled the scene.

A description of the suspect was given to police by a witness who was last seen walking southbound on Columbia Street towards Watchung Avenue in a frantic manner.

According to police, the child was unharmed and the mother refused medical attention for her and the child.

West Orange Police continues to remind residents never to leave a vehicle running. Children should not be left alone in cars, especially during inclement weather. 

The incident remains under investigation.