Police in Concord are looking for the thief who made off with a white Honda Odyssey van taken from a Wingstop location on Ygnacio Valley Road tonight – with a 4-month-old strapped in her car seat.
The van with child aboard was located by police after a sharp-eye police officer spotted the vehicle, still running, about 20 minutes after it was reported stolen from Wingstop shortly after 10 p.m.
Officers located the van and 4-month old near Garaventa Drive and Garaventa Court in Concord, determined the child was unharmed, and returned her to her family.
Earlier in the evening, at around 5:45 p.m., Pittsburg police responded to 95 Bliss Avenue in their city in regards to a vehicle theft in which a one-year-old child had been taken.
Police said a woman approached the child’s father as he talked with another man outside the running van, asked for a cigarette and then got in and made off with the car when the men denied her request – the man’s one-year-old daughter secured in a carseat inside.
The car was located by police a short time later – the child inside and unharmed. The alleged thief was not with the car.
In a release issued Friday, Pittsburg police said they received a call from a concerned citizen just after midnight, the citizen reporting that a woman walking on Harbor Street matched the description of the woman who took the car.
The woman was described as a white female adult in her 30’s, with medium build and an unknown tattoo on her face.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted the woman, identifying her as 24 year old Nataly Ayala. Ayala was later positively identified as the person involved and she was placed under arrest for kidnapping and vehicle theft, according to police. She is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility pending review of the case by the District Attorney.
No immediate link was drawn between the Pittsburg incident, Ayala, and the later incident in Concord, which was reported just after 10 p.m. Concord police responded to the parent’s frantic cries for help after someone drove off with their Honda Odyssey van – their 4-month-old inside – from a Concord Wingstop outlet.
The van, still idling, was spotted by a Concord police officer less than 20 minutes later – the child safe inside.