Police searching for man who stole car outside Orlando sub shop with 5-year-old girl inside

Girl found safe about a mile away, police say

Police searching for man who stole car outside Orlando sub shop with 5-year-old girl inside
Police searching for man who stole car outside Orlando sub shop with 5-year-old girl inside

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police on Thursday continue to search for a man accused of stealing a vehicle with a 5-year-old girl inside that was parked outside a sandwich shop.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at Gabriel’s Submarine Sandwich Shop on Edgewater Drive.

According to Orlando police, a man went into the sub shop to check on his fiancee, leaving his daughter, who was asleep, alone in the car.

The man told officers that within a matter of seconds, a man entered the vehicle and drove away, heading east on Edgewater Drive, according to police.

“This is an isolated incident and it was a crime of opportunity,” Orlando Police public information officer Heidi Rodriquez said.

Surveillance video from outside the sandwich shop shows the couple chasing the vehicle as it pulls out of the parking lot.

Police said the car was found about a mile away on Ardsley Drive, with the girl inside. She was not injured, police said.

The suspected car thief was described by police as a black teen or young man, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with a flattop haircut. He was wearing a red jacket with a hoodie and white shorts.

Police released a photo and video of the suspected car thief from surveillance cameras that were installed at the shop a few weeks ago.

Kyle Gabriel, the son of the sub shop’s owner, said he was working when the incident occurred.

“The next thing I know I hear the wife scream and say, ‘That’s my car. My baby is in the back of the car,’” he said. “Her and her husband just jet out of the shop as quickly as they could and, yeah, everything happened so quick."

Paula Kennedy, who lives on Ardsley Drive told News 6 that police officers spent hours in her neighborhood searching for the culprit.

“We are just going to remain vigilant and be on the lookout. Hope they find this guy soon,” Kennedy said.

Anyone with information about the assailant is asked to call 911.

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