Prisoner rescues baby from locked SUV using his car theft skills

A prisoner in southern Florida put his “criminal skills” to good use.

In order to free a 1-year-old girl who was unintentionally confined inside an SUV, he and a group of four other low-level offenders broke into the vehicle in Pasco County, close to Tampa.

Shadow Lantry, the child’s mother, captured the rescue effort on camera and shared it on Facebook. The inmates are shown in the video, which quickly garnered popularity, using a clothes hanger to jimmy the lock on the Chevy Tahoe.

According to Lantry, the incident started when the father of the child strapped his daughter into a car seat in the SUV’s back and tossed the keys to the front seat. He discovered the Tahoe was locked when he shut the back door.

According to KABC, the officers and inmates hurried to aid when they were fixing surrounding medians. The whole process, according to Lantry, lasted five minutes, and the baby was unharmed, she stated in her Facebook video.

“Thank God for the criminals in the world. I respect all y’all,” Lantry says in the video.

According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, it was a special circumstance that allowed a convict to use his skill set to break into a car for the right purposes.

“There’s only a very small percentage of those criminals out there that want to fight us and want to attack us, but a lot of them, like these individuals, they know they made bad mistakes, bad choices, but they want to do the right thing in life,” Nocco said.

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