Wagswoofs – A Long Island woman is facing child endangerment charges after her car, with her 7-year-old son sleeping in the backseat, was stolen from outside a Riverhead store on Monday, according to police reports.
Around 11 p.m., a woman who was 39 years old left her 2016 Ford Fusion running with the heat on as she entered the Riverhead Stationary store on East Main Street.
She left her child alone in the car.
Riverhead Town Police, Southampton Police, and New York State Police troopers collaborated in their efforts to locate the vehicle, which they successfully found approximately four miles away in Flanders.
The sleeping child in the backseat remained unharmed.
Despite an extensive search by the Suffolk County Police K-9 unit, the suspect could not be located in the area.
The mother was taken into custody for putting the child’s well-being at risk by leaving them alone in a running vehicle that was not locked.
The identity of the individual has not been revealed.
If you have any information about the car theft incident, please contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500. The Riverhead Police are actively seeking information and would appreciate any assistance from the public.
The suspect is still on the loose.