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Thief swipes car with 2 kids in the backseat before crashing nearby


A thief stole a car in Queens with two children in the back seat — but the kids were quickly rescued with only minor injuries after he crashed into a tree in Brooklyn, police said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released by police, swiped the car near Liberty Avenue and 92nd Street in Ozone Park at about 7:45 p.m., cops said.

He likely didn’t know that two boys under the age of 10 were in the backseat — but he nonetheless took off, heading toward Brooklyn, cops said.

The suspect soon lost control of the car and smashed into a tree on Norwood Avenue in Cypress Hills, police said.

Witnesses said he was driving like a maniac, heading the wrong way down a one-way street before he crashed.

“It was going very fast. It was like Grand Theft Auto,” Kenny Placencio, 27, who lives nearby, said.

“He needs to be put in jail for a very long time,” Placencio added.

Another witness, who declined to give his name, said the kids looked terrified when they were rescued by cops.

“The kids were scared, man. They were screaming for their mother. They was lost,” the witness said.

“Lock him up. Send him to Rikers Island. He can learn his lesson,” he added.

Police looking at a Subaru that was stolen with two children inside.
William C. Lopez

The suspect was arrested at the scene and is being held at the 106 Precinct stationhouse, authorities said.

The kids, who suffered minor injuries, were treated by first responders at the scene and reunited with their mother, authorities said.

Charges against the car thief were pending.



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