Oregon police are searching for a man who stole a car and then returned to scold the car owner for leaving her child in the vehicle.
On Saturday, Crystal Leary’s vehicle was stolen at the Basics Meat Market in Beaverton.
Beaverton Police Spokesman Officer Matt Henderson spoke to CNN:
He hopped in the car, drove it, realized there was a 4-year-old inside, and drove back and ordered her to take the child out of the car and then drove away again. We’re thankful he had the decency to bring the little one back. […] This is a good learning lesson for all of us who have children. Be extra careful with your kids, take the extra step to make sure they’re safe.
Speaking to KPTV, Crystal Leary commented on her grave mistake:
As moms we get really busy and we think we’re just running in for a second and this is just a perfect example of just letting our guards down and how terribly it could have ended. So I’m just thankful that he’s OK and it was so stupid and I’ll never do that again, but it’s that split second decision that could just change everything.