City police are searching for a car thief who took the wheel of an idling Ford Explorer Thursday morning in Northeast Baltimore and made off with the vehicle and its 7-year-old passenger.
The incident occurred in the 5900 block of Fairwood Avenue in the Glenham-Belhar neighborhood. The child, who was in the back seat, was quickly let out of the vehicle at a MTA bus stop near the intersection of Belle Vista and Hamilton avenues. He was not harmed, police said.
The license plate of the silver 2004 Explorer, which is still missing, reads 828 M 506.
The car owner was dropping a younger child at a day care center and left the car idling. Motorists should never leave a vehicle with its ignition on, police said.
"You have to stay with a vehicle that is running," said Sgt. Anthony Smith. "Otherwise, you provide opportunities for thieves."