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Toddler found safe in Fresno after she’s taken in stolen car

Watch carjacker speed away with 3-year-old in back seat

Security video released by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office shows a man carjacking a Honda Accord from a Fresno County auto repair shop on March 29, 2016. A 3-year-old girl was in the back seat; she was left unharmed on the side of a road. On Ma
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Security video released by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office shows a man carjacking a Honda Accord from a Fresno County auto repair shop on March 29, 2016. A 3-year-old girl was in the back seat; she was left unharmed on the side of a road. On Ma

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man in a stolen 2006 silver Honda Accord who took the car with a toddler inside about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at an auto repair shop west of Highway 99 in Fresno.

The girl, 3, was found uninjured about 30 minutes later on West Dennett Avenue, just west of North Pleasant Avenue. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said a motorist driving behind the stolen car saw a little girl on the side of the road and called the California Highway Patrol. Botti said the good Samaritan motorist said “one second the car was there and one second later a girl appeared on the side of the road, and the car took off.”

Botti said the girl was asleep in the back seat of her father’s car, which he had parked and left idling at Punjab Auto Repair at North Pleasant and Belmont avenues. He had stepped about 10 feet away to speak with the shop when a Caucasian man in his 20s got in the car and drove away, Botti said. They initially chased the stolen car, but it was speeding too fast to catch it, Botti said. They also called 911.

Officers are looking for a man between the ages of 25 and 28 who has short brown hair, Botti said. The 2006 Accord has a license plate number of 7NYZ343.

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