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Car stolen with children inside in Oklahoma City, man arrested


A man driving a stolen car tried to drop off two children who were inside the car when it was taken Sunday, police said.

The incident was one of two on Sunday in which drivers in south Oklahoma City left their keys in unlocked cars, and the cars were stolen.

Inside the first car stolen Sunday were two children, a 6-year-old girl and an infant girl. The car was stolen from near a room at America's Best Value Inn, at 3030 S Interstate 35 Service Road about 2:30 p.m, police reported

About 20 minutes after the car was stolen, a man tried to drop the children off at a home at 2212 S High Ave. The residents didn't know the man or children and called police. Roderick Trevon Garrett, 35, was arrested on complaints of larceny of a vehicle and kidnapping,

The children were not hurt, said Master Sgt. Gary Knight.

"The kids were just fine, thankfully," Knight said.

Sunday evening, a woman left a car running with the keys in it and it was stolen. Officers spotted the car and a man was arrested after a short pursuit.

"You should never, ever leave your car unattended and running, particularly when there are small children in it," Knight said.

Garrett remained in the Oklahoma County jail Monday on $109,000 bail.

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