Thief threatens to call police over child in back seat
Beaverton police are searching for a man who stole a car but later returned once he realized a child was in the back seat.
The suspected car thief threatened to call the police on the parent whose Honda Pilot he had stolen, the Beaverton Police Department reported.
Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, a woman left her car running with the keys in the car while she shopped at Basics Meat Market, located at 11900 S.W. Canyon Road in Beaverton, police say. She later noticed that her car was moving out of the parking lot.
Police say the thief drove out of the parking lot but then circled back around to chastise the mother for leaving her 4-year-old child in the car. He then ordered the parent to take the child out of the car, which she did, but then the thief drove away once again with the car.
"(The mother) ran inside of the butcher shop to get meat and a gallon of milk, and the butcher shop in question has plate glass windows," explained Matthew Henderson, a spokesperson for the Beaverton Police Department. "She was no more than 15 feet from her child."
The woman has not been cited or charged, although Henderson says the investigation into the incident is still open. Police will work with the Washington County District Attorney's Office as the investigation continues, he said.
"This is the first time I can recall where a thief threatened to call the police on the victim of a crime," said Henderson.
Henderson suggests for parents to take their children with them or at least remove the keys from the vehicle to "make your child safe and secure."
Police say the 2013 Honda Pilot that was stolen was found Saturday evening in Portland.
The car thief is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, with long dark brown or black braided hair and a multicolored face mask to protect against COVID-19.
If you have information about the car theft, call Beaverton police at 503-629-0111.
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