Truck thief frees boy, 2 1/2 , unharmed

October 08, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 2 1/2 -year-old boy who was in a truck when it was stolen about 8: 20 p.m. yesterday in Northeast Baltimore was released unharmed about two hours later in the middle of a South Baltimore street, a police spokeswoman said.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, the spokeswoman, said Phillip West Jr. was left in the 1900 block of S. Hanover St. about 11 p.m. by the driver of the stolen 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was last seen headed south on Hanover Street.

She said Phillip was reunited with his parents at Harbor Hospital Center.

Lt. Carl Gutberlet of the Northeastern District said the child's father, Phillip West Sr., told police he left the truck's engine running while he used a pay phone about 8: 20 p.m. in the 4600 block of Harford Road.

He told police that a man got into the Tahoe and drove off with the child inside.

The vehicle, with Maryland tags 933060M, had not been found early today.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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