As he came out of an Atlanta gas station Saturday night after paying for his fill-up, Lestor Chaney was overwhelmed with a feeling no parent ever wants to experience: complete fear, ABC News reports. Chaney tells WSB (which spells his first name "Lester") he went inside the Texaco to pay after his card wouldn't go through at the pump, and when he emerged, he saw a man hopping into his Toyota Camry and speeding off. But it wasn't just his car being stolen that stopped his heart—it was the fact that his twin 1-year-old girls, Nadia and McKenzie, were inside. "I ran to unlock the door, but the door was locked or whatever and the guy took off," he says (ABC News has the surveillance footage that shows that terrifying moment).
It's not known if the carjacker was aware of the babies snuggled in their car seats in the back when he boosted the Camry, but it would appear not, as the car and the girls were found, uninjured, by cops about a quarter-mile away in the parking lot of an apartment complex. McKenzie was still dozing off in her car seat in the car, and Nadia, who had been taken out of the car and placed in a wooded area, was still snoozing as well. Chaney, who admits he left the car running when he went inside to pay, is now breathing a huge sigh of relief. "I was just hoping they were going to be alright," he says. (This mom made a literal leap of faith when her car was carjacked with her kids inside.)