A 3-year-old girl who was sleeping in the back seat of a car stolen from a gas station was found after a news station helicopter caught her on camera, according to local reports.
Police launched a search for the girl after a woman hopped into the front seat of a car at a gas station in Kansas City, Kansas, and drove off, KSHB-TV reported.
Police were able to track a ping from a cellphone that was left in the car, and KSHB-TV sent its helicopter to scope out the area.
KSHB-TV's SkyTracker pilot Captain Gregg Bourdon and photographer James Moore spotted a car matching the description of the stolen vehicle.
“We saw this oddball, silver car sitting there unattended. The door was open," Bourdon said, KSHB-TV reported. "My photographer, James, put the camera on it and put it on the backseat. Sure enough, there was a child in the backseat."
Shortly after the helicopter spotted the girl, an officer drove down the road, soothed the girl and helped her into his vehicle.
“If she had taken off running down the road and no one was there it might have been very hard to find her,” Chief Terry Zeigler told KSHB-TV, which is a CNN affiliate.
A man who was seen speaking to the woman police say who stole the car in surveillance video from the gas station was arrested, according to the The Kansas City Star. The unnamed man is currently being questioned, and police are still searching for the woman, the Star reported.
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