Children asleep in backseat of stolen car

Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-20 21:05:42-04

Norfolk Police are investigating after a car was stolen with children asleep in the backseat.

It happened just after midnight on Courtney Avenue.

Lillie Ross says her granddaughter pulled into the driveway to pick up her oldest daughter who was asleep in the house, leaving her 4-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son asleep in the car.

Ross says she was in the house for less than 2 minutes and it was during that time that someone stole the car with the children sleeping inside.

"When she came to the door and looked and didn’t see the car, she started screaming to her father saying, 'Where is my car? My children are in that car! Where is my car?'" Ross explained.

Ross ran to the kitchen where she called police, who were canvassing the neighborhood within minutes.

Officers found the stolen car parked a few blocks away in the 2700 block of Barraud Avenue.

Both children were still asleep in the car and Ross says they never woke up during the ordeal.

"I was just so glad to see those kids," Ross said.

Ross says a purse was taken from the car. Neighbors found it Thursday morning in a nearby park.

Money was gone from the purse, but personal papers and a photo were found scattered nearby.

Ross believes whoever stole the car had waited nearby.

"I really believe someone was out here watching her park that car. We just bought the car two days ago," Ross said.

Police have not said whether the mother will face any charges.