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Infant Found Unharmed After Car Theft Leads to Manhunt

An infant was inside a car when it was stolen from a store parking lot in Indian River County, Florida. This led to a “massive manhunt” for the thief who had abandoned the car with the baby inside and fled through nearby neighborhoods. Fortunately, the 10-month-old boy was found unharmed and still buckled into his car seat, inside the stolen vehicle.

The incident occurred when the child's father left his car running with his son in the backseat while he went into a store. When the father returned to his vehicle to get his wallet, he discovered that the car had been stolen and immediately reported it to the police. The car was taken from a beauty supply store and was found nearly 40 minutes later near an apartment complex.

Law enforcement authorities were quickly involved in a pursuit of the thief. Vero Beach police officers, Indian River County Sheriff's deputies, and even Sebastian police and canine units joined in the search for the man. The search was carried out with the assistance of the sheriff's office helicopter and involved a thorough investigation of the surrounding areas.

After an extensive search, the abandoned vehicle was located, and the infant was reunited with his family. The police did not have any information about the identity of the thief but provided a description of what he was wearing during the incident. They continue to search for the suspect, who could potentially face charges of kidnapping and grand theft auto.

Automated license plate readers played a crucial role in tracking the stolen vehicle. These readers scan license plates and provide real-time information to law enforcement agencies, helping them locate stolen vehicles more efficiently.

While the immediate danger to the infant was averted, law enforcement officials are still actively searching for the perpetrator. Further updates on the investigation are awaited.

Sources:
– Corey Arwood, TCPalm (“Florida investigators shut down arcades with illegal slot machines. Here's what we know“)
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– Corey Arwood, TCPalm (“171 machines seized; dozens must appear in court after SLC raid of Rio Arcade“)