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December 1, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The baby girl who was in the back seat of a car that was stolen in East Albany has been found and is okay.

Hours of frantic moments all began in a matter of five minutes.

"Shortly before 6:30, officers responded to the 1500 block of Radium Springs in reference to a motor vehicle theft," said Phyllis Whitley-Banks with Albany Police.

Jennifer Allen left her car running and went inside the Family Dollar Store.  In the back seat was 11-month-old Jordyn Amaya Bridges.  When Allen came back out, both the baby and the car was gone.

"Right now we're looking for a 2000 Nissan Maxima, smoke gray in color," said Banks.

Every police officer in Albany spent hours on the streets searching.  They were joined by Georgia State Patrol, Dougherty County Police and other South Georgia law enforcement agencies.

Their priority was getting Jordyn back to her mother.  Close to 10 Monday night, Jordyn was found safe and sound in the 600 block of Sands Drive.

An uncle from Valdosta out searching for the vehicle spotted it parked at Wild Pines Apartments and notified the parents.  Jennifer and Antonio Allen were relieved to have her back safely.

"You just don't know," said Antonio Allen.

"I'm glad she's safe.  I'm glad she's safe," said Jennifer Allen.

Jordyn was checked by EMS at the scene and is just fine.  She was smiling and bouncing in her parent's arms.

Police are now searching for a suspect.  They're looking for a black man wearing all black clothing.  As of Tuesday morning, police have not made an arrest in the case. Anyone with infromation is asked to contact the Albany Police or Crimestoppers at 229-436-TIPS (8477).

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