'Don't thank me. Thank God,' says woman who found two kids in stolen SUV in her driveway

Tim Jimenez
November 18, 2019 - 10:08 am
Lonette Jackson

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CHESTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Chester Police say they’re looking for two men who stole an SUV with young kids in the backseat Sunday night. The boys are now safe, and the woman who may have saved their lives said she found the car outside her house.

Lonnette Jackson says she was home after a long day at work but needed something from the store. Around 9:30 p.m., she reluctantly decided to leave and found an SUV she had never seen before sitting in her driveway.

"I actually walked up on the car and put a note on the windshield," Jackson said. "You couldn’t hear a sound. You couldn’t hear a sound."

She assumed it was empty, but it wasn’t. There was a 9-month-old boy and a 6-year-old boy in the backseat.

Police say the Hyundai Tucson was stolen a block and a half away, while their mother was inside a Chinese restaurant at 9th and Lincoln streets.

While out, Jackson saw police out and about and checked a neighborhoood app on her phone. She saw the cops were looking for the SUV, so she says she told police nearby they needed to go to her house.

They did, and the boys were in the backseat. Medics checked them out. They were fine and were reunited with their mother, who thanked Jackson repeatedly.

"Like I said, don’t thank me. Thank God, because I wasn’t going back outside," she said.

Jackson says who knows what would have happened if she had decided to not leave the house.

"Those kids probably would have died out there last night. It was freezing. It was freezing. So, things happen. I just happened to be there. I’m just glad."