Teen, child manage to escape vehicle stolen while they slept in backseat: Police

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ROOSEVELT, Long Island – Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle with two sleeping girls, ages 17 and 6, inside as their mother shopped at a Long Island deli, officials said Thursday. Fortunately, the sisters escaped.

Nassau County police said a 33-year-old woman pulled up in front of Midway Deli on Nassau Road around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday and entered the store while her two girls slept in the backseat. When she exited the grocery, she saw the vehicle was no longer there.

"When the car drove off the girls said to the driver, 'Where's mommy?' He told them I was sleeping and they'll see me soon," the kids' mother told PIX11 News. "My daughters knew it was a lie so they came up with a plan to jump out of the car and escape. I'm so glad they're with me now to to tell this story. The ending could have been a whole lot worst."

When the sisters woke up and once they realized the person operating the vehicle wasn't their mother, they were able to jump out at a location in Freeport when the vehicle slowed down. As a result, both girls sustained minor bruising and flagged down a passing motorist who drove them home, according to police.

The stolen car was eventually located in the rear of 137 Merrick Rd. in Freeport unoccupied, authorities said.

The girls were taken to an area hospital for treatment and evaluation, police said. They were unable to describe the stranger who was driving the car.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.