POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A thief stole a car with a baby inside from a Pompano Beach 7-Eleven gas station, Monday night, and drove away.
Pamela Goodwin said she parked her white Toyota Camry at a 7-Eleven gas pump around 9:30 p.m., Monday night, and went into the convenience store, leaving her 1-year-old baby inside the car. As she walked up to the store, Goodwin said she heard her car speeding off.
“I parked at the number one pump, and right in front of the cameras, right in front of the store,” she said. “As soon as I got out of the car and walked up on to the step, all you hear is ‘vroom,’ and the car is like gone.”
On the gas station’s surveillance footage, a man could be seen getting in her car and driving away from the scene.
“I was screaming like, ‘Oh, my baby’s gone! My car’s gone! My baby’s gone!'” Goodwin said. “Like, I didn’t know what to do. Bawling on the floor, crying, shaking.”
She called 911, and her baby’s dad, Ronnie Cornish.
The thief wound up leaving the car with the baby inside about half a mile away from the gas station along Northwest Second Avenue.
“I was really relieved,” Cornish said. “He was great, actually. He didn’t even cry. The BSO said he didn’t even cry until I got there.”
The baby was sitting safely in the car seat when BSO arrived.
Goodwin said she had a panic attack when she realized her baby was gone and had to be hospitalized. “I was just so distraught. I just started having a full on panic attack. I could not breathe. They had to call an ambulance for me. They had to medicate me.”
Goodwin was visited by a social worker and will have to undergo parenting classes. She said she’s just grateful her baby is OK and will happily take the classes.
“Thank God for BSO,” Goodwin said. “I am so grateful. It could’ve been way worse. It really could’ve.”
Police are still searching for the thief who stole the car.
If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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