Lance Warner: Sure, I Stole That Car -- But I Didn't Know There Was a Kid in It

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You steal a car, you never know what you're going to get. Maybe there's a flatscreen TV in the trunk. Maybe a sweet laptop computer somewhere.

Or maybe there's a kid in the backseat.

Lance Warner, 50, has admitted stealing a car from a convenience store on the northeast side Saturday night, police say, but he insists he had no idea there was a five-year-old in the backseat.

We don't know if the kid spoke up, or Warner glanced in the rearview mirror, or if he wondered why the hell Radio Disney was blasting, but at some point the guy grasped the situation.

And he did what anyone would do, assuming "anyone" is limited to idiots: He dropped the kid off at a supermarket parking lot.

He dropped him off at the Midtown Fiesta on San Jacinto supermarket about ten miles away from where he had stolen the car, so obviously he had time to think about things.

Luckily, the kid was recovered unharmed. He had been left in the car while his mother ran in to purchase something at the convenience store.

Early Sunday morning, the car was found on the far southwest side.

"At that time, a witness identified Warner, who was then detained at the scene by the officers," HPD says. "Items belonging to the mother were discovered in Warner's possession. Warner confessed to stealing the vehicle, but claims he did not know the child was inside at the time."

He's been charged with endangering a child and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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