An 18-month-old girl was back with her mother by midday Thursday, hours after being the subject of an Amber Alert.
Kimberly Delgado's ordeal began at about 12:40 a.m., when her mother stepped out of the car to visit a friend at the Regents Park Apartments in Bensenville. The mother was just feet from the running car, walking into the complex, when a man walked out of the building, got inside the vehicle and drove off, police said.
"[The mother] was screaming out loud for her baby, said that they took her car, took her baby, everything," said witness Yahira Olmos, who arrived home minutes after the incident. "That's the moment when I just knew I had to call the cops."
Police issued an Amber Alert and later got a call of an abandoned Buick in a driveway on Argyle Street, about a mile away from the apartment complex.
Neighbor Autoro Peres said he saw the vehicle at about 3:30 a.m. but didn't notice anything unusual. Peres said it was his roommate who hours later walked by the SUV and noticed the little girl inside, still strapped in her car seat.
"It's good for the baby. She's safe and alive," said Peres.
Police said they were working good leads Thursday evening but said they don't think the thief even knew the girl was in the SUV. The mother is unlikely to be criminally charged, they said.
Officials said they're looking for a heavy-set Hispanic male between the ages of 35 and 40 years old. He stood about 5 feet, 4 inches and had black hair, brown eyes and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red sweater.
Anyone with information should contact authorities.