2 girls found safe after Olathe police issue AMBER Alert

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Olathe police say two girls ages 6 and 2 have been found safe after a man took the SUV they were in on Tuesday night. Olathe police had issued an AMBER Alert, and say while the girls are okay, the suspect is still on the loose. Police tell FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush at the scene that they were found only a couple of blocks from where they were taken.

According to police, the man was acting suspiciously at about 6 p.m. in a car lot around the 400 block of S. Kansas Avenue, and when he couldn't steal a car there, he walked to nearby Tim's Tire Center where the girls were inside a running SUV. The man got into the SUV and drove away. The girls' father told police he only left them in the SUV for a moment to put some tools away before the jumped in the driver's seat.

Sergeant Bryan Hill says police were first called out to the scene to respond to the attempted auto burglary where the suspect managed to get inside another vehicle and tried to drive away.

"Back before in the used car lot, the witness saw a vehicle that was trying to get out of the car lot. Once confronted, that suspect exited that vehicle and walked towards the tire shop and got inside the vehicle that was running with the kids inside," Sgt. Hill said.

The only further description of the suspect is that he has dirty blonde hair; what he's wearing remains unknown. FOX 4 will have updates about this story during FOX 4 News at 9 and 10.