A 14-month-old child was inside a car that was stolen Sunday as the driver paid for gas at a convenience store off Interstate 40 in Icard, Burke County deputies said.
The drama was short-lived: The stolen Jeep was found minutes later at a Burger King across the road from the Jack-B-Quick/Marathon store. The child was still in the vehicle and unharmed.
A witness description led deputies to issue an alert to law enforcement agencies for a black Mazda with several suspects in it. Catawba County deputies stopped a car matching that description in Newton less than an hour after the stolen car was reported.
Burke County deputies charged three people who they said confessed their involvement.
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Nolan Lamar Weaver, 20, of Connelly Springs was charged with second-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of possession of stolen goods. He was held under $100,000 bond.
Dallas Christopher Hopkins, 33, of Newton, and Christy Leann Gonzalez-Rodriquez, 37, of Claremont were both charged with accessory after the fact. Hopkins was held under $25,000 bond and Gonzalez-Rodriquez under $26,000 bond.