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Car Stolen With 5 Year Old Inside, Found By City Manager

Car Stolen With 5 Year Old Inside, Found By City Manager

A valley woman leaves her car running while she runs inside to pay a bill, just enough time for a crook to steal her car.

Inside the car, was the mother's 5-year-old son.

It happened just after 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

The mother ran into Chavez Insurance to pay a bill when her 10-year-old daughter came running up saying someone was stealing the car.

Veronica Argueta works for Chavez Insurance.

Argueta says, "The daughter came in saying someone was stealing the vehicle, the insured ran outside and saw someone taking the vehicle, and screamed that her son was in there."

About an hour later, Selma City Manager D-B Heusser was on his way to an appointment; he had heard about the stolen car.

D-B spotted it about two miles north of Selma, parked on the side of the road in the back seat; the 5-year-old boy was crying.

Nearby farmer, Randy Coolidge had just arrived home.

He says D-B asked him to call police.

Stolen Car With Boy Inside Found Near Selma

Stolen Car With Boy Inside Found Near Selma

A 5-year-old boy is safe after the car he was in was stolen in the Selma area.

Authorities said the Honda Civic was stolen from a parking lot near Floral and Highway 99 just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Selma Police Chief Myron Dyck, a mother left the Honda running with her 5-year-old son and a 10-year-old in the back seat while she was inside a business.

Chief Dyck said a man walked up to the car and hopped into the driver's seat. That's when the 10-year-old got out and went to go find the mother. She then called police as the car drove off.

The Honda was found about an hour later in a rural area near Leonard and Manning avenues, just north of Selma.

The boy was still inside the car, but the man was gone.

The suspect is described as being in his 20s, clean shaven, with a light complexion and was wearing a red hat.

Watch Out: Selma’s Top Cop Identifies City’s 5 Most Wanted Thieves

Watch Out: Selma’s Top Cop Identifies City’s 5 Most Wanted Thieves

People in Selma say they're seeing a lot of crime in their small town - especially break-ins and thefts.

According to a crime rate website, people in Selma are twice as likely to become victims of break-ins and thefts than anywhere in the state.

Selma's police chief blames early releases from jail and a handful of repeat burglars.

Dockery Recycling has been hit by burglars at least twice this year.

The business' night vision camera caught a man breaking in; turns out he'd just gotten out of jail less than 24 hours earlier.

The images helped police put him behind bars, but, "They put him back in jail, and next thing you know they do it again. Because it's really just a slap on the wrist right now," said Jeremiah Carpenter, general manager of Dockery Recycling.

Not just businesses, an 8-year-old was ripped off by thieves who stole bake sale money she raised.

Cops dusted for prints at her home.

Accused Killer Of Fresno Man Arrested In SoCal

Accused Killer Of Fresno Man Arrested In SoCal

A Selma man is behind bars, accused of killing a Fresno man who was trying to sell an SUV at a Fresno County auction earlier this month.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 27-year-old Roberto Jose Navarro at a home in the Southern California city of Glendale Tuesday morning.

Fresno County sheriff's deputies believe Navarro found 61-year-old Adan Flores-Rodriguez at the Cherry Auction on October 2, killed him and then dumped his body in an orchard at Cedar and American avenues, near Easton. They say Navarro then took off in Flores-Rodriguez's Chevy Tahoe.

Deputies found the SUV a few days later in an orchard near Academy and Rose avenues, east of Selma.

Petaluma Teen Found Safe In Selma After Kidnapping

Petaluma Teen Found Safe In Selma After Kidnapping

The search for a teen who disappeared from Petaluma for nearly a week, ended in the Central Valley on Monday night.

Selma Police say they were notified by Petaluma Police Monday afternoon, after receiving a tip that 15-year-old Rubi Cruz-Mendoza may have been hiding out with her Godfather, 29-year-old Hilario Matus-Cardona.

According to the Fox Affiliate in the Bay area, KTVU, Rubi left with Matus-Cardona last Wednesday, October 17th. Petaluma Police believed the two may have been involved in a relationship.

Once Selma Police were given a location, they began surveillance, and found the two at a home on the 3400 block of Snyder Street.

Once officers spotted them, they contacted detectives from Petaluma—who were already in Madera.

Selma Police held the two, until detectives from Petaluma arrived and took them.

Matus-Carmona was taken into custody.

Church Bake Sale Money Stolen During Selma Home Burglary

A Selma family is in tears after thieves broke into their home.

Among the things stolen?

Money raised by an 8-year-old girl in a church bake sale.

The thieves broke into the Selma house Monday afternoon by prying open a bathroom window, then they ransacked the entire house.

They went through every single drawer, including the drawer where 8-year-old Vanessa hid her money from the bake sales.

It was money that was going to be used to take their church youth group to see a Christian concert in Fresno next month.

"In our hearts we'd really love to go, but we live paycheck to paycheck and it's just really hard to do those types of events, so we decided we would talk about it early," said Lisa Delgado.

Their planning and hard work earned them $160.

Now it's gone, along with several other electronics including 18-year-old Marissa Delgado's graduation gift – a brand new laptop.

Killer Sought; Dead Man's SUV Found Near Selma

Killer Sought; Dead Man's SUV Found Near Selma

Detectives have a body, now a vehicle, but they still don't have the killer behind Fresno County's latest homicide.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Adan Flores-Rodriguez went to the Cherry Auction Tuesday morning to sell a Chevy Tahoe.

That SUV was found Saturday morning in an orchard near Academy and Rose avenues, east of Selma.

Detectives believe whoever killed the Fresno man ditched the SUV in the orchard sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Flores-Rodriguez's body was discovered in a field near Cedar and American avenues shortly before noon Tuesday.

The sheriff's office is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Flores-Rodriguez's killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (559) 488-3111.