New Bern Kid Falls Asleep In Street Sweeper

A scary situation for a mother and her daughter took place early Saturday morning.

New Bern Police responded to the Lowe's parking lot after a report that a street sweeper had been stolen with a child inside.

The sweeper was soon found abandoned a couple blocks away at the intersection of Garden Center and Red Robin Lane with the girl asleep inside.

Neither the mother nor the daughter could provide a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Bern Police department .

Here is the news release by the New Bern Police Department:

PARKING LOT SWEEPER STOLEN, CHILD INSIDE
Both recovered

New Bern officers responded to Lowe’s at 2:30 this morning after receiving a report that the street sweeper used to clean the parking lot had been stolen, and that a child was asleep inside the machine.

When officers arrived, they saw the sweeper abandoned at the intersection of Garden Center and Red Robin lanes. When an officer approached the sweeper, they saw a little girl sleeping inside the cab of the vehicle. Officers woke the girl; she was unharmed.

The driver of the sweeper, who works for a company out of Jacksonville, told officers she brought her 13-year old daughter to work while she was cleaning the lot. The mother had stepped away from the sweeper to clean around the entrance to the Lowe’s building. She left her daughter sleeping in the cab, and told officers when she turned around she saw an unknown man get inside and drive away toward Red Robin Lane. The suspect abandoned the sweeper a few blocks away.

Neither the mother or child were able to provide a description of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 252-633-2020.

New Bern police have processed the sweeper for evidence and continue work to identify a suspect.
The New Bern Police Department is committed to Community Policing. Citizens are encouraged to become a “Partner in Policing,” by reporting suspected illegal activity to the New Bern Police Department’s TIPS line at (252) 636-5034 or the Craven County Crime Stoppers line at 633-5141.


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  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    What a misleading title. Shouldn't it say "Street Sweeper w/ child inside stolen in New Bern" ? Wouldn't that be better? I thought it was going to say some kid climbed into the tank and fell asleep in the pollen/dust/trash.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    It sure is terrible when someone has to bring their child to work to make a living and a good deal of people think she should be fired. Especially when these are probably the same people who would say she should do whatever it took to get and hold a job if she were unemployed.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    Glad it ended this way could have ended much worse. I hope the mother will rethink leaving anyone or anything inside of the machine esp if its not locked. Geesh.
  • by Joe Location: Greenville on Apr 27, 2009 at 03:33 AM
    When she got out the kid probably drove it the couple blocks. The kid is 13 so she would be capable of doing it. I bet the story that someone stole it is made up.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    I am glad the child was found safe. I do not think the parent will face being fired or atleast should NOT face being fired. If anyone has ever tried to find a baby sitter at 2AM they will tell you that it is impossible. Atleast she was obviously trying to support her family by holding down what is probably a 2nd or 3rd job.
  • by Rich on Apr 26, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Once again, unless I'm missing the headline somehow, the NB paper failed to report this at all.
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Apr 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    Ok, who the heck steals a street sweeper. I mean, yes that is the fastest vehicle to get away with cops in. lol. LMBO. But, I bet that woman will be fired for bringing her kid to work.
  • by Yep on Apr 26, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    I agree there has to be more to the story. Should be interesting. I wouldn't be near those Red Robin Apts at night, much less have a child with me. Should be one good story.
  • by Michael Location: Merritt on Apr 26, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    You can bet the ranch there is more to this story. I only hope that WITN will follow up on this story.
  • by Moderators Nigtmare on Apr 25, 2009 at 08:44 PM
    Hey Williams was there pun intended, LOL!
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