911 calls released in car, infant stealing outside of Ocoee store

Baby found safe after abandoned vehicle located

OCOEE, Fla. - Authorities released the 911 calls from the carjacking that occurred outside of an Ocoee convenience store that involved a 5-month-old infant.

The car was stolen around 7:20 a.m. at the Kangaroo Express at the corner of Bluford Avenue and Silver Star Road.

According to Ocoee police, Sara Bayes left the child in her car, which was running, while she went inside the store to buy some cigarettes.  When she returned, her car was gone.

In the calls, Bayes can be heard crying as she told dispatchers what happened. Dispatchers asked if she had custody issues with the child's father.

"No I don't," she replied in the call. "No, just some random dude walked up and got in my car."

Local 6 spoke to Bayes, who says she thinks the person who held open the door for her to walk into the gas station was the one who took her car and child.

"I honestly didn't think I was in there for that long and it just goes to show how quick things can happen," she said.

Police found the car abandoned about a block away, and the infant was still inside.  The baby was not harmed, police said.

"I am so thankful he would leave her but at the same time, the fact he would take my car, it doesn't even describe any words right now," she said.

Ocoee police said they were searching for the man who stole the car.  He was described only as a white man with a buzz cut who was wearing blue jeans.

Bayes hasn't been charged with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, but if she is, she would face a $50 to $500 fine. Police said a police dog tracked the possible thief heading north on Kissimmee Avenue but no arrests have been made.

ClickOrlando.com initially reported that the incident occurred in Orlando.  We regret the error.

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