ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Detectives are searching for two young men, who they say stole a Lexus, and then later abandoned it after possibly realizing there was a baby in the back seat.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Cameron Mazoochi left his 1-year-old daughter in her car seat in the back of his 2016 Lexus SUV, with the engine running in his driveway at 5122 39th Street S., while he went into his home to grab his allergy medicine.
Mazoochi said the family moved this past weekend and he stopped at the house briefly to grab something and then remembered he needed his allergy medicine.
"I was in there less than 50 seconds," Mazoochi said.
During that time a surveillance camera recorded a car pulling up to the home, a man getting out, and then that car driving away. Seconds later the SUV speeds away too. Mazoochi remembered hearing the screeching tires.
"When I heard it, I thought there's no way somebody just jumped into my car and left. There's no way….not like that quick," Mazoochi said.
According to detectives, the two young men abandoned the SUV about two blocks away (53rd Ave South and 41st St. South).
Mazoochi said he did not know where his child was for 10 to 15 minutes. He said he started going to his neighbors homes, trying to call 911.
"I'm knocking on doors, but I'm in such a rush that I knock on the door and then I run to knock on another door before they could even answer like I'm so scared," Mazoochi said.
Mazoochi said he was thankful when he was notified his daughter, Madison, was found and she was not injured.
"I didn't have words. I love you and kisses and hugs and just didn't want to let her go," Mazoochi said.
He said he doesn't plan on leaving his keys behind or the engine running again.
"Absolutely not. You would never think that would happen. In that short time so it should come to this to realize that," Mazoochi said.
The two young men police are searching for are in their late teens or early 20's and are in the four-door white sedan.
Anyone with information should call 893-7780 or text SPPD+ your tip to TIP411.