Children in back of car stolen in Ohio found in Washington County; Man taken into custody

An Ohio man is in the Washington County Jail after police say he stole a car with two children inside.

An Amber Alert was issued out of Zanesville, Ohio, Thursday, for a gold Chevy Suburban that was stolen with two children in the back.

A woman who was caring for the two boys told police she left the unlocked vehicle running as she ran into a building for what she said was less than 10 minutes. When she came out, the vehicle and children were gone.

About three hours later and roughly 100 miles away, a good Samaritan called and reported that the vehicle was spotted in the area of Jefferson Avenue, Canton Township.

The children were found and Thomas Edward Pritchard Jr., 46, was taken into custody. Police say the children were safe and reunited with their family.

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Pritchard is facing several charges including endangering the welfare of children and DUI.

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