ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in Albany say a car with a 4-year-old girl inside was stolen from Clinton Avenue in Albany on Monday.
Officers responded to First Street for a report of a stolen vehicle around 4:45 p.m. where a woman reported she left the car running with her 4-year-old daughter inside at Clinton Avenue and Lark Street. She told officers she was only in the store for a moment when a man got into her vehicle and drove north on Lark Street with the child was still inside. She said she was able to run after the car, north on Lark Street, before the suspect abandoned the vehicle a short distance away and fled on foot.
The child was still in the back seat and was unharmed.
The driver, 28-year-old Koryse Sealey of Albany was ticketed for Unattended Motor Vehicle under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Police are continuing their investigation. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 15-years-old, last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a motor vehicle is stolen in the U.S. every 26.4 seconds, leading to 1,192,809 motor vehicles being stolen last year. Many vehicles are stolen at locations such as convenience stores, gas stations, and ATMs. Many are stolen as a result of drivers leaving their vehicle running unattended or leaving the keys inside.
The Albany police would like to offer the following prevention tips in regards to stolen vehicles:
Never leave your vehicle running unattended, even if it's only for a few minutes. This includes warming it up due to inclement weather.
Always lock your vehicle. Almost half of vehicles stolen in the City of Albany were left unlocked.
Don't hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.
Park in attended lots or well lit areas.
Invest in Anti-Theft devices such as a remote car starters, alarm systems, or ignition kill switches.
Leaving your vehicle running unattended does not only put you at risk of having your vehicle stolen, it is also against the law. Those who leave their vehicle running unattended are subject to a traffic summons under 1210 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
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