Myrtle Beach man facing charges after stealing van in Charlotte with 1-year-old inside, police say

Myrtle Beach man facing charges after stealing van in Charlotte with 1-year-old inside, police say
Michael Crittenden (Source: JRLDC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WMBF) – A man wanted for allegedly stealing a van in Charlotte that had a 1-year-old child inside was arrested Sunday in Myrtle Beach on an unrelated charge.

Online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center state 26-year-old Michael Allen Crittenden, of Myrtle Beach, was booked on a shoplifting charge.

According to information from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Horry County officials learned Crittenden had outstanding warrants in Charlotte connected to the van theft.

Investigators say a Kia Sedona van was stolen from Hawthorne Lane in Charlotte on June 15 while it was left running and unattended. The child was located a short time later after being dropped off by the suspect, according to authorities.

Warrants were obtained for Crittenden charging him with first-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to the CMPD. Investigators are working to extradite him back to Mecklenburg County.

The stolen vehicle was found in Conway, investigators say.

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