Pittsburg: 1-year-old girl found after vehicle stolen

PITTSBURG — A 1-year-old girl was found safe after a vehicle was stolen Thursday evening with her inside, authorities said.

In a social-media post, Pittsburg police initially said a 2007 Chevy Tahoe with California license plate 5VSK465, black rims and a Mexico sticker on its rear window was stolen shortly before 6 p.m.

Police said the child inside was a 2-year-old Hispanic female with brown hair and eyes, weighing about 20 to 30 pounds and last seen wearing a purple sweater.

The Chevy was taken from Bliss Avenue, and was seen on Railroad Avenue heading toward California Avenue, police said.

According to a California Highway Patrol Amber Alert issued at 7:38 p.m., residents in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and San Joaquin counties were asked to watch for the vehicle and the girl.

In an update to the department’s initial social-media post, police said officers responded soon after 5:45 p.m. to reports of a vehicle theft with a one-year-old child inside.

When officers arrived, they spoke with the child’s father, who said he had gotten out of the Chevy, leaving it running with his daughter in a rear-seat car seat, and walked a few feet away to talk to another man.

Soon after, a woman approached both men and asked for a cigarette. When they said no, the woman walked toward the running car, got in and drove away.

Police said they recovered surveillance video of the incident, and investigators were working to identify the woman, described as a white woman in her early 30’s, about 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds with a medium build and an unknown tattoo on the left side of her face.

Just after 7:30 p.m., the Chevy was found abandoned near Army Street. The girl was inside and uninjured, police said. There was no sign of the woman.

Anyone with information may call Pittsburg police at 925-252-4980 or the department’s tip line at 925-252-4040.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Author: George Kelly

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