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Four teens charged after vehicle stolen at gas station with 4-year-old girl inside

Memphis Police said the girl was found safe, and they are working to determine of the suspects are connected to the case.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 4/30/2021: Memphis police detectives have charged four teenagers in Thursday's kidnapping of a 4-year-old child.

The kidnapping happened when the suspects stole a Nissan Rogue around 2:00 p.m. from the Shell gas station in the 2900 block of Poplar

A 15-year-old, 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds have been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, 2 counts of theft of a motor vehicle and evading arrest: to wit vehicle pursuit and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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Memphis Police said four people have been detained and are being questioned after a vehicle was stolen with a 4-year-old inside at a gas station Thursday afternoon.

The theft happened about 2:00 p.m. at the Shell gas station in the 2900 block of Poplar Avenue, near Tillman Avenue. It led to a city-wide search for the girl and car theft suspects. 

Police said the girl and the stolen Nissan Rogue were found about 3:00 p.m. in the area of Oakdale and Avery. The girl was safe.

A parent said this is a reminder to never leave children by themselves in vehicles. 

“Do not leave your kids in the car," said Memphis resident Clarissa Turner . "It’s very very dangerous. These people do not care these days. You know what I’m saying? Keep your kids safe.” 

Police said a woman in the Rogue had left the girl and keys inside the vehicle when she went inside  the gas station, and someone took off in her Rogue.

Police said they had reports a black Dodge Challenger was possibly following the stolen Rogue. While searching for the girl, police said officers spotted a dark gray Challenger in the area of Crump and Walnut. They said the license plate on the car came back as it being stolen.

Police said the suspects drove off to the area of St. Charles and Signal, then ran from the car. Four people were eventually caught and detained. Police said they are investigating to determine if they are connected to the stolen Rogue with the girl inside.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. 

Credit: Memphis Police Department
Suspect's vehicle: Late model black Dodge Challenger

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