Car stolen with child inside in Alexandria

Police say a child has been found safe after the car he was inside of was stolen at a shopping center in Alexandria.

The incident took place on Monday at around 3 p.m. when the child's mother was using the ATM at a Capital One bank in the Bradlee Shopping Center on King Street. Police said she left the car running with her son in the backseat when a man got into the vehicle and drove away.

However, police say the suspect abandoned the car in the shopping center's parking lot after realizing the child was inside. Investigators say the unknown suspect got into another vehicle described as a black SUV, which was driven by an accomplice before getting away.

The child was unharmed and reunited with his mother.