Mom and son reunited after man steals car with child inside

ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) - St. Charles Police are investigating after they say a man stole a car from a QuickTrip in St. Charles with a child inside of the vehicle.

"We’ve had similar incidents in the last month and a half" said Lieutenant David Senter.  "People leaving their vehicles unlocked on a convenient store lot and somebody taking advantage of the situation" Lt. Senter said.

The latest incident happened just before 7:00 Sunday night at the QuickTrip on Highway 94 and Zumbehl in St. Charles.

"A suspect walked up and can be observed on video looking through the passenger window, then went around and jumped in the driver side and took off" said Lt. Senter.

"The vehicle was left curbside approximately a quarter mile away, probably when they realized her infant son was in the back seat" Lt. Senter said.

Police don't have a clear description of the man they're looking for.  They are continuing to look at surveillance video to try to identify him.  In the meantime, they're urging everyone to take caution in similar situations.

"It’s all about staying vigilant and personal awareness and not taking anything for granted" Lt. Senter said.  "This is a very nice community, people realize that but you still have to take precaution".