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:

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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