CHICAGO - A car was stolen yesterday evening with 3 kids inside but police are reporting the children were found safe after the car thief dropped them off at a nearby church.

The incident started just before 8:30 p.m. in the 800 block of W. Superior Street in the River West neighborhood.

Police said a gray Chevy Equinox was left running as the driver ran inside to pick up food and an unknown white adult male, approximately 5'10" and 165 lbs wearing all black, jumped in the car and fled with 3 children in the backseat.

The offender reportedly drove to the nearby City Church Chicago, about 2 blocks away and around the corner from where the vehicle was stolen, and he let the children out of the car before fleeing again.

The children, a 13-year-old female, 5-year-old male, and a 3-year-old female were not injured during the incident.

The vehicle was located a short time later, unoccupied, in the 3100 block of S. Homan in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's southwest side.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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