Infant safe after vehicle stolen |

Infant safe after vehicle stolen

Sally Taylor, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A mother’s horror turned quickly to joy Wednesday evening thanks to the fast work of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

About 6:45 p.m. police received a frantic call from a mother whose vehicle had been stolen with her 8-month-old daughter still inside.

Police dropped other calls to search for the red Ford Explorer and the woman driver. The location of the theft and other details were not available at press time.

Douglas County deputies also set up roadblocks at Stateline Boulevard, according to sheriff’s dispatcher Eric Gockenover.

Less than 15 minutes later, the vehicle was spotted abandoned in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at Carson Avenue and Highway 50 with the infant still inside the vehicle. Police brought the mother to the lot where they were reunited, according to officers on the scene.

Witnesses reported that the woman driving the Explorer left the area in a vehicle driven by a male with a goatee. That vehicle was also seen in the Town & Country shopping center. Police planned to look at surveillance tapes from shops in the center.

Officials canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods in a search that continued into the evening. The woman suspect was described as white, in her 40s with grayish-blond hair. The male was described as wearing a cream-colored shirt, 35 to 40 years old, and about 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

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