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The stolen car the two-year-old was pushed out of was abandoned on Gooseberry Hill Road. PHOTO: David Mizen.

Police on hunt for car thief after terrifying toddler ordeal

POLICE are still on the hunt for a man that stole a car with a two-year-old boy in the back seat from a home in Forrestfield.

Just after 11.55am on Saturday September 1, a green/grey Holden Commodore sedan, registration 1ESB 293, was stolen from a home in Gala Way, Forrestfield.

A two-year-old boy, identified only as Ryan, was in the back seat of the car at the time.

Ten minutes later the same car arrived at Forrestfield Shopping Centre on the corner of Edinburgh Road and Lincoln Road and stopped, with the culprit pushing the boy out of the car before taking off.

Police later spotted the car driving on Gooseberry Hill Road, with the driver ditching the car on the side of the road and fleeing on foot.

An intensive search was undertaken to find the culprit, however Police were unable to locate the man.

Later that day a man in his 20s was arrested by Police in Maida Vale and interviewed in relation to the incident at Midland Police Station, however he was released without charge.

Police are no closer to finding the culprit.

Ryan’s mother, who asked not to be identified, thanked the members of the public who came to her sons aid when he was pushed out of the back seat of the car.

“On behalf of our family we would like to thank the Police, the media and the members of the community who helped share the messages about Ryan on social media,” she said.

“Particularly, we would like to thank the people who came to Ryan’s assistance when he was left outside the supermarket.

“The quick response from everyone involved has resulted in us having Ryan back in our arms and we can’t thank everyone enough.”

If anyone has any information about the incident, call WA Police on 131 444.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story in 2013 and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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