17-year-old stole woman’s car with her son still inside, Dallas police say

Authorities took the teen into custody about 45 minutes later, and the boy was found safe.

A teenager was in custody Thursday after a woman’s car was stolen with her child still inside in Pleasant Grove.

Dallas police say the woman had stopped at a doughnut shop in the 9100 block of Bruton Road, near North Prairie Creek Road, about 7:45 a.m. She left her car running with her 8-year-old son inside, police said.

A young man she didn’t know hopped in and drove off — with the boy still in the vehicle, police said.

Officers were able to get GPS tracking information for the vehicle from a dealership, and the department’s helicopter spotted the car on Bruton Road about 8:30 a.m. and began to pursue it.

The driver apparently realized he was being followed, police said, and he and a female passenger bailed out of the vehicle.

Police found the pair in the 2000 block of Lewiston Avenue, about a mile from where the car had been stolen.

Officers said the boy was found safe at a nearby elementary school and reunited with his mother.

The suspect, a 17-year-old whose name was not released, is expected to face charges of kidnapping and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said.

Staff writer Dana Branham contributed to this report.

Tom Steele, Breaking News Producer. Tom has covered breaking news for The Dallas Morning News since 2016. He has worked in a number of other capacities for The News since 2007, and he was previously a copy editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. He has degrees in journalism and economics from Lehigh University. tomsteele
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