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A Santa Maria woman was arrested Friday evening after she allegedly stole a vehicle with a 3-year-old boy inside, Santa Maria Police said.

According to the SMPD, the vehicle was stolen from a driveway on the 1000 block of North School Street at about 6:33 p.m. The reporting party said they saw a female jump into the vehicle and drive off with their 3-year-old son asleep in the back seat.

The vehicle matching a description given was located about 15 minutes later and it was pulled over by officers on the 100 block of East Donovan Avenue. Several officers responded to assist and Rene Martinez, 34, of Santa Maria was identified as the driver and taken into custody.

During the course of the investigation the missing 3-year-old was located in his child safety seat on the back seat, and soon returned safe to his family.

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