Child safely returned after van stolen in north Columbus

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A seven-year-old girl was missing for a short time this morning when someone stole the van she was sitting in.

According to Columbus police, it happened at an apartment complex on Fitzroy Drive in Columbus.

Investigators said the girl and her father were sitting in the car outside of their apartment when her father got out of the car for a moment.

In that moment, police say someone jumped in the car behind him and drove off. The car thief got a couple of blocks before realizing that someone else was in the car with him.

The car thief abandoned the car at another spot in the apartment complex and ran away, according to police.

The girl then got out of the car and walked home.

Police are still looking for the suspect.

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