This time their breaking and entering made these inmates heroes. Several inmates in Florida are being praised for using their criminal skills to break into a couple’s locked car so they could rescue a trapped toddler.
The inmates used their unconventional abilities and put them to the test outside a courthouse in New Port Richey on Thursday morning, according to the Tampa Bay station WFTS. Those who are incarcerated heard about the parent’s situation while they were repairing medians in the same parking lot.
“Only when the deputies are around we give permission, [asking], ‘Can you break into that car?’” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told the station, describing the inmates as low-level offenders.
According to the girl’s mother, it was her husband who absent-mindedly left the keys inside their Chevy Tahoe as their 1-year-old daughter, Dallas, quietly sat buckled in the backseat.
“He puts her in the car seat and straps her in. He tosses the keys to the front seat. He shuts her door and goes to open his door and all the doors are … locked,” the mom, Shadow Lantry, said in a video posted to Facebook.
Lantry credited local sheriff’s deputies with calling the inmates over to lend a hand within a few minutes.
This is a video capturing the resulting ordeal that shows several inmates wearing striped uniforms using a wire coat hanger to unlock the door as Dallas calmly watches from inside while sucking on a pacifier. After just a few minutes, the door opens, triggering the car alarm and cries from both mom and baby.
“Thank God,” Lantry joyfully exclaimed once the door was open. “Thank God for all the criminals in the world. I respect all y’all,” Lantry later added.
The rescued toddler was completely fine after the ordeal.
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