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Leather coats and life on the lam, or my daughter? Hmm ...

Police in Pennsylvania accuse a man of stealing leather coats from a store, then leaving his 2-year-old daughter in the parking lot while escaping.
/ Source: NBCPhiladelphia.com

Police are searching for a Ridley Township, Pa., resident who allegedly stole five leather coats from Kohl’s and fled the scene, leaving his 2-year-old daughter in the process.

According to police, Andrew Surplus, 39, was stopped by a security guard outside the main doors of the store around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Officer Keith Lockhart, who was on parking lot patrol, approached the two men when Surplus ran back into the store and escaped authorities, leaving his child behind.

The guard told Lockhart that Surplus tried to steal $2,250 worth of merchandise, according to the Delaware County Times.

Lockhart gave chase while the guard stayed with the child.

Several police officers checked the area, but Lockhart was nowhere to be found.

The child was turned over to foster parents by Delaware County Children and Youth Services shortly afterward.

Police then received a call from the mother of the girl and Surplus’ girlfriend who claimed that Surplus had told her the child was in police custody.

The girlfriend identified Surplus as the alleged suspect in the Kohl’s theft, according to police.

Surplus is charged with retail theft, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.