2 arrested after van stolen with young boy inside in Buena Park, triggering Amber Alert

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
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Two suspects have been arrested and a 2-year-old boy was found safe after the minivan he was in was stolen in Buena Park Tuesday morning.

BUENA PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- Two suspects have been arrested and a 2-year-old boy was found safe after the minivan he was in was stolen in Buena Park Tuesday morning.

Police say the boy was in a Toyota Sienna that was left running in front of Emery School around 9:30 a.m. while his mother was dropping something off.

Someone jumped into the minivan and took off with the boy inside.

An Amber Alert was quickly issued asking the public to help look for the vehicle and the boy.

The boy and the vehicle were located a short time later abandoned on a cul-de-sac in the 9900 block of Chanticleer Road in Anaheim, about seven miles away from the Buena Park school. Police say someone noticed the van left on the street with the door open. The boy was inside, unharmed.

By Tuesday afternoon, police confirmed that two suspects were under arrest - apparently caught when they tried to use the mother's stolen credit card about a block away from where the minivan was recovered. A police helicopter was able to spot two people leaving the store and follow them to assist in the arrest.

For now, police say, those suspects have not been booked for abduction.

The mother told police she had only left the minivan outside the school for a minute or two while she dropped something off for another child. When she came out, she saw the car driving away.

"Never leave your child unattended in a car even for 30 seconds," said Sgt. Chad Weaver with Buena Park police. "Never leave your car running."