January 26, 2016 10:49 am
Updated: January 26, 2016 7:53 pm

Longueuil car thief turns around after realizing there’s a child in the back seat

WATCH ABOVE: A suspected car thief in Longueuil returned the vehicle he's alleged to have stolen after realizing there was a 7-year-old child in the back seat.

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LONGUEUIL – Police have arrested a 47-year-old man suspected of stealing a car from an Esso gas station in Longueuil.

It happened at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The suspect apparently jumped in the car and started driving away, but turned around after he noticed there was a seven-year-old child in the back seat.

“He came back almost to the same place and left the car in a parking lot near the gas station,” sand Tommy Lacroix with Longueuil police.

Officers arrested the man and will be meeting with him later in the day.

WATCH: Raw footage as police investigate after an attempted car theft in Longueuil. The suspect turned around after realizing there was a 7-year-old child in the back seat.

“He fits the description, but we have to make sure that it’s him,” said Lacroix.

“The child is OK. He was a bit scared, but he’s not injured.”

Police will also be meeting with the boy’s mother, who was inside the gas station at the time.

Lacroix explained that, under certain circumstances, parents can leave children unattended if they’re over the age of seven.

“We have to see if the keys were in the car and if the doors were unlocked,” he explained.

If they find the mother was negligent, she could also face charges.

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