ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage Police say a car was stolen Friday afternoon from South Anchorage that still had two children inside. The children were later reunited with their family and said to be doing well.
APD say they were called out to the Tesoro gas station on 1940 Abbott Rd.
"The Patrol Division set up a perimeter and K9 Unit performed a track; officers were able to recover the vehicle with both children still inside, both unharmed," write APD.
The suspect had left before the police arrived. He is described by police as a black man in his 40s, with a tall and thin build.
A person said to match that description was then spotted in the south of Anchorage driving a gold or bronze late-90s large SUV, either a Chevy Trailblazer or GMC Jimmy.
Police say this should "remind drivers to never leave your vehicle running unattended, never leave your keys in your vehicle, and to keep your little ones close."
Brett Brown is the mother of the two children in the back of the stolen vehicle. In an interview with Channel 2 News, she asked for the public's help in locating the unidentified suspect.
Brown said she's glad it wasn't worse and the only silver lining is that she, the father, their two children and the vehicle are reunited and home safe.
"I've never experienced that before and I hope I never have to experience that again. It's something terrible to go through just as a mother," said Brown.
She doesn't blame the father because she said that this incident could happen to anyone. While she can't forgive the criminal for his crime she's glad he had the sense to leave her children alone and unharmed. Brown now asks that the unidentified man turn himself in.
"I think the person who took the vehicle with my kids in it realized after he left that gas station that there were kids in the car and he ended up going to a neighborhood cul de sac and got out of the car and stole another," said Brown.
After such a terrible night, Brown said that she plans to spend the rest of her night surround with support from extended friends and family. Brown said while she knows these things happen, she never imagined that this would happen to her and her own.
APD asks that people call 911 immediately if the car is occupied and 311 if the car is unoccupied.
This is a developing story