Charlotte- a 2-year-old child was inside a vehicle that was stolen on Sunday as the driver paid for gas at a convenience store off Interstate 40 in Icard.
The drama was short-lived: The stolen Jeep was found minutes later at a Burger King across the road from the Jack-B-Quick/Marathon store. The child was still in the car and unhurt.
The description by witness helped deputies to issue an alert to law enforcement agencies for a black Mazda with numerous suspects in it. Catawba County deputies stopped a vehicle matching that description in Newton less than an hour after the stolen vehicle was reported.
Burke County deputies charged three people who they said acknowledged their participation.