Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 3

Stolen (12 Oct. 2001)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Talmadge
Tony Daricek
Mark Sanford
John Seitz ...
Herbert Talmadge
Michelle (as Kerri Lee Green)
Elizabeth Connors ...
Linda Cook (as Elizabeth Hanly Rice)
Tyler Blake / Stephen Talmadge


While investigating the kidnapping of an infant, the team comes across a lawyer who could be involved with shady adoptions. And Cragen learns that the lawyer handled "the adoption" of the baby of a woman whose murder he investigated and her baby went missing. When Cragen learns from the lawyer where the baby is, it turns into a custody battle for the child between the people who adopted him, the mother's parents, and the father who claims he didn't know about him. And Cragen tries to find out who killed the mother and gave the baby to the lawyer. Written by

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A three way tug of war
8 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Benson and Stabler take a back seat to their captain in this SVU episode. This one is Dann Florek's show and though he gets to close a very old case from his days as Captain in the 27th precinct on Law And Order prime, it comes at a high price for a pair of families.

It starts with a baby snatching from a department store. It was a crack head who snatched the infant to sell to a baby broker played by Bruce Altman. Altman has quite a racket going in adoptions though he does not kidnap the babies per se. But this one which he bought no questions asked leads to another from over a decade earlier. It was the late Sergeant Max Greevey's case from those early days of Law And Order though it was not an episode of that series.

A college student who had recently given birth was murdered and her baby snatched and sold to Altman. As Richard Belzer says to Florek he's on a mission. Before he's through there's a custody battle being waged between the now 12 year old's adopted parents, his birth grandparents and his biological father who never knew about him before.

How it comes out I dare not reveal, but it's an ongoing tragedy that started with the mother's murder and now a three way tug of war with three different parties all wanting to do the right thing.

Captain Craigin closes a case, but what a price.

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