Vehicle Stolen with 3-Year-Old Inside

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

On October 27, 2017 at about 6:33 P.M. officers responded to the report of a vehicle stolen from the 1000 Block of N. School. The reporting party said their vehicle was parked in the driveway when they saw a female jump into the vehicle and flee from the area. The reporting party advised their three-year-old son was asleep in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the theft. 

The vehicle had been purchased by the reporting party the day before and was not able to provide a license plate number. A basic vehicle description was broadcast to officers throughout the city and they immediately began looking for any vehicle matching the description. An officer working on a theft investigation not far from the incident had to break away to begin searching the area. About fifteen minutes later the officer located a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop in the 100 Blk. of E. Donovan. Several officers responded to assist and Rene Martinez (34) of Santa Maria was identified as the driver of the car. During the course of the investigation the missing three-year-old was located in his child safety seat in the back seat. Martinez was taken into custody without incident and the child was returned to his family.

Martinez was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for charges associated with the incident.

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Flicka Oct 28, 2017 06:18 PM
Vehicle Stolen with 3-Year-Old Inside

Don't over analyze. Car thief, kidnapper (whether she knew it or not); long jail sentence. Used to be if I got home and a kid or 2 was asleep I'd leave them there to finish their nap (never left the keys in).

a-1511409909 Oct 28, 2017 02:34 PM
Vehicle Stolen with 3-Year-Old Inside

She probably saw that the car was on and unattended in the driveway and jumped in it and took off and didn't even know there was a kid there. Don't leave your kids in the car! And especially don't leave them in the car with the keys in the car! They are so lucky that this had a positive result. That person could have been wasted and crashed and killed that child or left the child abandoned somewhere in the car or hurt them. I'm betting they had no idea that there was a sleeping child in the car when they took it. It's sad we live in a world where people steal like this but it is a known reality and 100% the parent's fault for endangering that child

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