Detectives are continuing in their efforts to identify the persons responsible for two apparently unrelated car thefts in which children who had been left in the vehicles were briefly taken.
At 6:20 p.m. Sunday, thieves jumped into a white Hyundai Elantra that had been left running with a 2-year-old child inside while her mother went into Terry’s Quick Stop at 3050 Brick Church Pike. The persons who stole the Elantra got out of a blue Nissan Versa that was stolen on April 10th from the driveway of a home on Elmore Avenue. It had also been left unattended and running. Both the Elantra and the Versa fled the parking lot. Officers were able to track the victim’s cell phone to East Nashville and located the 2-year-old crying and standing on the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of Pennock Avenue. She was unharmed. Officers located the abandoned stolen Versa in an alley between Meridian Street and Pennock Avenue. The Elantra has not yet been recovered.
Anyone recognizing the two suspected car thieves in the attached surveillance image from Terry’s Quick Stop is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
At 12:40 a.m. Saturday, thieves jumped into a black Chevrolet Cruz that had been left running with three children inside at the Mapco store at 585 Stewarts Ferry Pike. The children were ages 5, 6, and 10. A witness reported seeing 2 young men, one white, one black, walk up and take the Cruz. Minutes later, officers responded to a citizen who reported that the Cruz had been left abandoned on Blackwood Drive at Norwalk Drive. The three children were in the back seat asleep and were unharmed. The citizen reported he was walking his dog when the Cruz stopped near him. He said two persons, a white young man wearing a gray sweatshirt and a black young man wearing a red sweatshirt, jumped out and ran from the car. A police dog attempted to track the two without success.
The police department strongly cautions motorists against leaving vehicles unattended with the motors running and the keys inside.