Car stolen at Atlanta gas station with babies inside

ATLANTA — A father and his daughters are safe after someone carjacked him at the gas pump in northwest Atlanta.

Lester Chaney says fear quickly set in when he was forced to watch someone driving off with his 1-year-old twin girls.

"I ran to unlock the door, but the door was locked or whatever and the guy took off," Chaney said.

The carjacking happened Saturday night at a Texaco gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in southwest Atlanta.

Chaney says the gas pump he tried to use wouldn't read his card.


"I started making my way up to the store," Chaney said.

Chaney admits he left his car running.

Surveillance video shows Chaney walking back to his car when someone takes off with his Toyota Camry.

The car has Chaney's twin daughters, Nadia and McKenzie, in the backseat.

"I was just hoping they were going to be alright," Chaney said.

A short time later, police say,  they found the girls a quarter of a mile away after the suspect ditched the car in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Police say when they arrived McKenzie was in her car seat in the back of the vehicle, and Nadia was removed from the car and dumped in a wooded area.

Police said the girls slept through the entire incident.