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Child escapes during car theft at gas station

Winter Haven, Florida -- Police continue to search for three suspects who stole a woman's car from a Circle K parking lot early Saturday morning.

The victim told Winter Haven Police just before 1 a.m., she left her 2012 silver Chevy Impala, with FL tag #X749VB, running with her 9-year-old daughter in the back seat while she went inside the Circle K store at 1000 1st St., SE.

Then, one of the three men got into the driver's seat and backed out with the child still inside while the other two men walked through the parking lot. When the driver got to the edge of the parking lot at Ave. J., SE, he stopped the vehicle to let the other two men inside.

At this time, the girl saw an opportunity to get away and opened the car door and ran across the parking lot to where her mother was screaming.

Police say the woman and her daughter never saw a weapon and the girl was not hurt.

The suspects are described as:

  • Suspect 1: Black male, heavy build, wearing a black tee shirt, black shorts, black sandals and black socks
  • Suspect 2: Very thin build wearing a blue tank top, blue shirts, hat with a black and white pattern, black sandals and socks
  • Suspect 3: Muscular build, wearing a gray tank top, blue jean shorts and orange sneakers

Anyone with information on the identity of any of these suspects or the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

Winter Haven Police are announcing a CASH reward of up to $3,000 for any information. 

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