Published: Oct 19, 2010 3:39 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 19, 2010 12:39 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 6-year-old has been reunited with family after police say a suspect stole a car from a southwest Florida parking lot while the child was inside.

St. Petersburg Police say the mother left her child in the car Tuesday morning with the keys in the ignition while she ran into a convenience store. The suspect, who was not identified, stole the car and drove off with the child.

Police say the vehicle was recovered about nine minutes later in an alley. The child was not harmed.

Authorities are still searching for the suspect.