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Running vehicle stolen with child inside; child found safe

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 18:14:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A vehicle with a child inside was stolen Wednesday morning in the 5100 block of Merriam Drive in Merriam, Kansas.

Around 8:50 a.m., a man jumped in a running vehicle and took off, police said.

There was a 9-month-old child in the car at the time.

The owner of the car had a tracking device on their phone and Kansas City, Missouri, police were able to find the vehicle abandoned near Hy-Vee Arena just after 9 a.m.

Police said the child was fine after the incident.

Late Wednesday afternoon, police said a driver who had been following the stolen vehicle in a black pickup truck was identified and arrested.

The suspect who stole the car remained at large.

Merriam police described the suspect as a white man in their late 20s with a beard and a dark-colored coat.