HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – Two children, ages one and three, were briefly kidnapped Friday when a suspect stole their parents’ car with them in the backseat, investigators said.
The kidnapping occurred at about 12:20 p.m. in the area of Anasazi Indian Way in Highlands Ranch.
“Preliminary investigation shows one of the parents stopped at a garage sale, leaving the children unattended in the vehicle while it was still running,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan. “At that point, the suspect got into the vehicle and drove away.”
Hanavan says deputies “flooded” the area and located the vehicle near Highlands Ranch Parkway and Broadway.
The children were found unharmed and reunited with their parents.
A suspect, identified as Robert Orr of Littleton, was taken into custody in the neighborhood.
Orr faces charges of 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Motor Vehicle Theft, Child Abuse and 1st Degree Criminal Trespass.
“Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to be cautious and not to leave children unattended in a vehicle,” Hanavan said.