Car stolen with child in backseat in East Orange

February 5, 2014 8:30:38 PM PST
A green Volkswagen Jetta was stolen in East Orange with a 4-year-old child in the backseat.

It was recovered about 10 minutes later in a parking lot at 275 Prospect Street. The child is OK and has been reunited with its mother.

A suspect stole the car as the mother was taking her kids out of the backseat around 6 p.m. Wednesday. She had just taken one child out when the suspect jumped in the front seat and took off.

East Orange Police immediately began searching the area, a massive search, and found the car with the child. The suspect is on the loose.

This appears to have been a crime of opportunity, say police.

The car was stolen from in front of a home on Springdale Avenue. Police spokesman didn't know if the woman lived there.

The child is being checked out at a local hospital, but is fine.