2 kids in backseat of stolen car found safe near Flint after Amber Alert

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Two young children at the center of an AMBER Alert in Michigan have been found safe, Burton Police confirm.

Two-year-old Arinna Buning and 9-month-old Lincoln Buning were in the backseat of a car when it was stolen at a gas station around 7 a.m. The car was found abandoned just before 10 a.m., and the children were found safe. The suspect is still on the loose.

The suspect is described as a black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 300 lbs.

Burton Police Chief Osterholzer said at a news conference Wednesday morning that authorities believe this was a "crime of opportunity," as the suspect was seen on surveillance video walking down the street before he approached the gas station.

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The gas station was on Saginaw Street in Burton, Mich. The mother was inside when she saw a heavy-set man wearing a red hoodie get into her car. An AMBER Alert was issued shortly after and has since been canceled.