Updated 02/06/2013 09:31 AM
Video Shows Man Who Allegedly Stole Car With Baby Inside
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Police in the Bronx have released surveillance video of the man who they say stole an SUV with a 7- month-old girl still in the backseat last night.
The New York City Police Department says the video was shot at a parking garage at 1521 Inwood Avenue in the Bronx, about a block away from where the Jeep was eventually recovered.
Police say the man in the video tried to park the stolen car at the garage but abandoned it on a nearby street instead.
Police say around 7 p.m. last night, the baby's father parked the Jeep in front of a store near Morris Avenue and East Kingsbridge Road in the Fordham section.
Police say he went inside the store, and the child's mother stepped out of the car.
That's when the thief hopped in and sped away.
About an hour later, an anonymous 911 caller said the car and baby were about two miles away in Mount Eden.
Sonia Rodriguez, a woman who takes care of the baby, tells NY1 the child's name is Ayanna Julbe.
The baby was not harmed but she was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
"It was crazy," Rodriguez said. "We just went through, so many thoughts went through our minds. I just hope and pray that they find this guy who did it. There are cameras where he left the truck. Hopefully, with the investigation, they'll find the person who did it.
The extended family of the girl believes that the thief lives in the neighborhood. They also believe that stealing the child was an accident.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.