Police: Man stole car with 8-year-old child inside in Deer Park

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Police are searching for a man who stole a car with an 8-year-old child inside, then left the child outside a nearby bagel shop.

Officials say it happened in the parking lot of 7-Eleven on Bay Shore Road in Deer Park at 7:20 a.m. Friday.

They say a father left his white 2007 Acura unlocked with his child inside when he went into the store.

While the father was inside, police say a man pulled up in a red van, entered the Acura and drove away with the girl inside.

Officers say that a short time later, the suspect dropped off the child in the parking lot of West Islip Hot Bagels in West Islip and took off in the stolen car. The child was not injured.

A nearby security camera captured the man stealing the car.

Police are still looking for the suspect and the car.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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