A car thief who discovered a toddler in the backseat of the car he stole, drove back to scold the mother for leaving her child unattended. He drove off with the car once again after doing so.

The Oregon mother went into a grocery store, which the car was parked approximately 15 feet (457cm) from, on Saturday, January 16 and left her four-year-old in the car. She also left the engine running, and the vehicle was unlocked to boot.

Speaking to AFP, a store employee said the mother was inside for only a few minutes before the thief jumped into the car and made a speedy getaway. Once he noticed the child in the backseat, however, he turned around and headed back to the grocery store to berate the mother for leaving her child unattended in an unlocked car.

“He actually lectured the mother for leaving the child in the car and threatened to call the police on her,” Beaverton police spokesman Officer Matt Henderson said.

According to Henderson, the mother did nothing wrong as she was within eyeshot of the car and had only gone into the store for a few minutes.

“Obviously, we’re thankful he brought the little one back and had the decency to do that,” Henderson said.

The vehicle was recovered in Portland hours later.

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