NEWARK — Two children who were briefly kidnapped while sitting inside a parked SUV on Tuesday afternoon were found safely, several blocks away, according to police.

Newark police said the children, ages 9 and 11, were left unattended inside the vehicle parked along Bloomfield Avenue, near a Wells Fargo Bank, around 4:25 p.m. by the SUV's owner. A man then got into the driver's seat and drove off, with the children still as passengers.

Security footage of the incident posted by CBS New York showed someone running after the SUV as it pulled away from the curb.

Police said the SUV was found several blocks away, on the other side of Branch Brook Park at the intersection of Abington Street and N. 6th Street with the children inside and safe.

The suspected SUV thief fled the scene, according to police, who said the incident remained under investigation.

CBS New York reported police had questioned a man on 11th Street but it was not known if it was related to the carjacking.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

Light Up New Jersey 2021: Your best holiday lights

Here are the brightest, most creative and breathtaking holiday light displays. You can vote for your favorite here.

LOOK: The top holiday toys from the year you were born

With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.

NJ’s most hated Christmas decorations

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM