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Police searching for Riverdale car thief

The Clayton County Police Department is on the lookout for a man, who allegedly stole a vehicle at a Riverdale day care center, said Capt. Tina Daniel, public information officer for the Clayton County Police Department.

Daniel said Chessica Bowie, of Jonesboro, reportedly drove up to Safe Haven Learning Academy, at 5595 Riverdale Road, in Riverdale, to drop off one of her two children.

Daniel said Bowie left the car's engine running, with her 6-year-old daughter in the back seat, while she dropped off her youngest child. The car was unlocked, she added.

She said the suspect allegedly got inside Bowie's vehicle, a black Chrysler PT Cruiser, without knowing the child was in the back seat. "A man got into the car and stole it, and once he got to the exit [of the day care center] ... he became aware that there was a 6-year-old in the car," she said.

The suspect reportedly instructed the child to get out of the vehicle, and the child refused. "He got out of the driver's side, opened her door, pulled the juvenile out, closed the door," Daniel said.

She said the suspect, then, drove off and got onto Interstate 285, and was driving east on the highway. The police department got the call about the incident, and an officer was able to track the suspect on the highway, she said.

"He was going east and ended up exiting on ... Jonesboro Road, and ended up getting into an accident with a white BMW," Daniel said.

The two males inside the BMW suffered minor injuries and did not need to be transported to the hospital, she said.

The accident occurred right across the Fulton County line, where the suspect, then, reportedly fled the scene on foot and ran into the wood line, according to Daniel.

"We are working with the [Atlanta Police Department]," she said.

Daniel said the only description she has of the suspect is that he may be a white male, or an extremely light-skinned black male.

She added that Bowie's vehicle was being processed Clayton County Police crime scene investigators.

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