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Two children were found safe after police say someone stole their father's car while they were inside it.  Authorities say that after police arrived to investigate the stolen car, the father didn't tell them about the children inside the vehicle.

It happened at the Star Discount Food Mart on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.  Police say Charles Boyd got out of his car and left it running when he went inside the convenience store to get two bags of ice.

"A bad judgment call on his part to leave the kids sitting there while he went in, but he did see the security guard present, and felt like it was a safe environment to leave the children," Boyd's attorney said in court on Monday.

Surveillance video shows a man in a red shirt taking the car a few minutes later, and then shows Body coming out of the store and realizing what happened.

The surveillance video shows Boyd getting on his cell phone, but instead of calling police, he first called his wife.  Police say her first phone call was to the FOX 5 newsroom instead of to police.  A clerk finally called 911, but when an officer interviewed Boyd at the scene, investigators say that he never mentioned that his children were in the stolen car.

The children were found safe in the abandoned Cadillac about an hour later.

Tabitha Robinson said that she was in the store when the car was taken.

"He was hysterical; he couldn't believe someone had jumped in the car with his kids," said Smith.

She and Boyd's attorney claim he told police that his kids were in the car.

Police say they found nine baggies filled with marijuana in Boyd's trunk. However, because his car was stolen, and missing for two hours, a judge dropped drug charges,  saying the drugs could have belonged to the thief.

Boyd is charged with two counts of reckless conduct. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail on a $16,000 bond.

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