Hamden police are investigating a vehicle theft and kidnapping after a woman stole a pickup with a 9-year-old inside, according to police. They said the boy was located moments later.
Police said they responded to the parking lot of the Family Dollar on Dixwell Avenue at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and a 62-year-old Hamden man told police that he left his 9-year-old grandson in his truck while he went into the store to “shop for a couple of items.”
He said he left his vehicle, a gray 2005 Ford F150, running and found the truck and his grandson missing when he went back outside.
Moments later, officers located the child at McDonald’s on Dixwell Avenue after someone saw the boy alone and upset and called police.
Police said an Amber Alert was issued and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.
Officers learned that a woman in her 20s got into the pickup and drove it to the Hamden Mart, where she met with a man who got into the truck as well. At that point, the woman ordered the boy out of the vehicle, according to police.
Police said the woman involved has a slim build, ear-length black curls and was wearing a peach shirt.
The man was thin, has “puffy hair on top” and was wearing a peach shirt.
Hamden police are investigating.