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Car Stolen In Ft. Wright With Child Inside
FORT WRIGHT (WKRC-TV)- Two teenagers face kidnapping and theft charges tonight after a wild night in Fort Wright.
Police say the two stole a car at a gas station that had a sleeping child in the backseat.
Luckily, the car and child were recovered and the little girl is back at home with her family.
Local 12 News Reporter Joe Webb has been following the story.
Four-year-old Briyah Garrett is one lucky little girl. She went for a strange ride last night...and slept right through it. But while she slept, some people she's never met... police officers from several departments... even a trash truck driver... were working, looking out for her.
Briyah Garrett is fine today...playing with her friends. But last night she just wouldn't go to sleep. About 1 a.m. her mom, Kelly, took her for a ride in the car and she was out in a flash. Kelly then drove to the Speedway on 3L highway in Ft. Wright to get some nachos and cheese. She knows the clerk and went inside to ask her to watch her car for a second. That's all it took.
Kelly Garrett, Child taken in carjacking:
"From one door, right to the other door. Within that second I seen my car drive off with my baby in the back seat. Worst ever. Almost killed me. I said please get the police here. Find my baby. Get my baby back now."
Luckily, Garrett's cell phone was in her suv. It pinged off a tower in Fort Mitchell and police found the car and Briyah in the Kroger parking lot. She was still asleep.
Sgt. Michael Knight, Fort Wright Police:
"We actually woke her up. Had medical personnel check her and make sure she was okay. She had no recollection of what occurred and was obviously grateful to be reunited with her mother."
But two suspects... caught on surveillance video at the Speedway... were still at large. Several police agencies, canine units and the Hamilton County Sheriff's helicopter jumped in the search. A Rumpke trash truck driver making a stop a 3L storage was stopped by two guys who said they were stranded and needed to use his phone. He let them and then called 9-1-1.
Jackie Thomas, Rumpke Driver:
"When the boys was wringing wet, they was real sweaty and they used the phone to call two different people. It was just a bad picture from the get-go. They were real nervous, too. Something wasn't right."
Within minutes, a Covington officer was there. A short foot chase netted two 17-year-old suspects. They're charged with kidnapping and felony theft. Kelly Garrett calls the police and trash truck driver her angels. She learned a valuable lesson.
"Take your keys out of the car even if for a hot second. It can happen to anybody."
More importantly, get your keys and your child out of the car. Kelly Garrett says she saw the two men sitting outside the Speedway when she walked in, but didn't think anything of it. She was told they had been there awhile.
Fort Wright Police say this was clearly a crime of opportunity...and Kelly Garrett gave them the opportunity to drive off in an suv.
The windows are tinted, so it's unlikely they had any idea a little girl was asleep in the backseat.
The two juvenile suspects will be in court in Covington tomorrow morning.