Police are seeking a suspect who stole a vehicle containing two children from a South Anchorage gas station Friday afternoon, saying he remains at large after the kids were found safe.

APD spokeswoman Kendra Doshier said police were called to the 2GO Tesoro station on Abbott Road near 88th Avenue, after the vehicle was stolen.

“An adult male had walked inside the Tesoro gas station with the engine running and his kids in the back seat,” Doshier said. “A black male in his 40s, tall and thin build – he got in the car and drove off.”

Numerous officers converged on the area and were soon able to find the vehicle, with the kids still inside and unharmed.

"Police received a tip that a suspicious person matching our suspect description was seen around the south side of Anchorage entering a new vehicle described as a a gold/bronze late-90s large SUV (either a Chevy Trailblazer or GMC Jimmy) and drove off," police wrote in a statement. "The vehicle is described to have some heavier wear and tear and slight damage to the body."

Doshier said that while Friday’s incident had a safe outcome, people should remember not to leave vehicles running or leave children in them.

“It's a parent's worst nightmare, of course – this serves as a really good reminder,” Doshier said. “Stay vigilant, stay safe.”

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 911, or with information on the SUV is asked to call APD at 311. Tips can also be submitted to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

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