Car stolen while two children inside

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 6:36 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Police are searching for suspects in a car jacking at the Shell station on East Anderson Lane Tuesday night. They say a woman's car was stolen while her two children were inside.

Police said they received the call around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses said the woman parked her car at gas pump number two at the station. When she went inside to pay for gas, a man and a woman jumped into her car and drove about a block, leaving the car near McDonald's and Taco Bell. The woman's two children, aged three and six, were in the car. The thieves got away.

Police said it's a reminder to anyone who drives with children to never leave them unattended.

"It can be tempting, but especially in today's world, you have to," said Anissa Wagner, a Shell customer. "You think, 'I will just run in real quick. They'll be OK,' but you just can't."

"You never know, you turn your back for a split second. Someone could jump in your car and take off with the children," said Austin police corporal David Boyd.

Police made an arrest last night, but that person is innocent and has been released. They are studying surveillance video for clues.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call APD.

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