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Stolen Billings car with child inside located in Lame Deer area

Posted at 11:56 AM, Dec 16, 2019

BILLINGS — A car that was stolen Saturday in Billings with a child inside has been located in the Lame Deer area.

According to Billings Police Department Capt. Neil Lawrence, the Northern BIA law enforcement contacted Billings police around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and said they had found the stolen vehicle.

A 7-year-old Billings boy was found safe after his father's Uber Eats car was stolen with the child inside from the Burger King at 520 N. 27th St. shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the newer-year silver Chevrolet Malibu was stolen from the restaurant while the Uber Eats driver was inside picking up an order.

The suspect stole the vehicle with the 7-year-old boy still inside but let him out of the vehicle in the 100 block of Clark Avenue. The boy knocked on a homeowner's door and was able to call his father.

Billings police reunited the boy with his father around 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Burger King.

Officers located the vehicle near Pioneer Park and engaged in a chase. The chase ended in the area of 8th Street West and Broadwater Avenue after police lost the vehicle in traffic.

One Burger King employee said, "Every day it's something new. They have to call police on a regular basis. That man just came in for an Uber pickup left his son in the car for safe keeping as some of our customers aren't the best people to be around children. He got the order within 1 and 1/2 minutes of us confirming the order and that quick his car got stolen."

Lawrence said there have been no arrests as of Monday morning and the case remains an ongoing investigation.