6-year-old girl located after Germantown car theft triggers Amber Alert

A missing 6-year-old girl has been found after police say she was inside her mother's car when it was stolen Tuesday night outside a pizza shop in Germantown. 

FOX 29's Steve Keeley reports that the driver of a passing SUV noticed the reported stolen burgundy Toyota Scion in the parking lot of a Checkers on Broad and Nedro streets on Wednesday morning. 

The driver of the car saw the missing 6-year-old girl inside the car and walked her across the street to the 35th police district where she was reunited with her mother, according to Keeley. 


The girl was found safe hours after police said she was inside the car when it was stolen from in front of a pizza shop on the 5600 block of Green Street just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the girl's mother left her inside the running car as she went in to get a pizza order when it was stolen.

Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday morning, hours after the abduction was first reported. The girl and the car were found about 2 hours after the Amber Alert was issued. 

FOX 29's Steve Keeley was told by a police source Thursday that investigators believe the unknown car thief "almost immediately" abandoned the car on Tuesday night. 

A family member helping with the search spotted the car in the Checkers' parking lot and brought the girl across the street to the 35th district police office, Keeley said.



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