Police say man left tot in cart to go shoplifting

May 18, 2011 - 9:45 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man is charged with theft, marijuana possession and child abandonment after police say he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his car while he went into an El Paso department store to steal some DVDs.

The El Paso Police Department said in a statement Wednesday that 21-year-old Victor Lee Gonzalez left his toddler in the car with the motor running while he went into a K-mart store, took several DVDs and left without paying. According to the statement, he was detained at the store Tuesday for suspicion of theft and later was found to have nearly six grams of marijuana.

Gonzalez is free on $3,100 bond. The police statement did not say if Gonzalez had an attorney and a listed number could not be found for him.