Police: Suspect steals car in Bronx with elderly woman and child inside

BRONX (WABC) -- Police say a man is in custody after stealing a car with an elderly woman and a child inside in the Bronx Wednesday night.

A 49-year-old woman double parked at a supermarket at East 235th Street and Katonah Avenue, leaving her 81-year-old mother and 11-year-old son inside, police said.

The suspect then jumped into the white SUV and without turning on the lights, backed up and drove away.

When the woman realized the car was gone, she went back in to talk to the manager.

"She was telling me, did you guys tow my car? I go, we're never gonna do that," said the manager, Mo Kaid.

They looked at surveillance video, saw the car being stolen and called 911.

Police discovered that the woman's phone was still in the car, and with the help of Kaid, were able to track where the vehicle was from a computer inside the store.

"He was going fast," said Kaid. "We were refreshing every 20 seconds and he was moving left to right, he was going southbound on 95, trying to go northbound, and ten minutes, eight minutes later they got him by the George Washington Bridge, about to enter the bridge."

The 31-year-old suspect, later identified as Shane Cooper, ended up getting stuck in traffic and was pulled over on the Cross Bronx Expressway at Jerome Avenue, where he was placed in custody.

He is facing charges of grand larceny, kidnapping, acting in a manner dangerous to a child and reckless endangerment.

The woman and child in the car are both safe.

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