Three-year-old Joseph found after two hour ordeal

Three-year-old Joseph found after two hour ordeal

A full scale police search was launched on Friday afternoon after a car was stolen from a Perth home with a toddler still inside.

A three-year-old boy has been found after a traumatic two hour ordeal, in which the car he was sleeping in was stolen from outside his family's East Victoria Park home at 1.50pm on Friday afternoon. 

The blue 2013 Subaru Impreza hatch was stolen from Westminster Street, and was driven through a picket fence after the engine was momentarily left running at the home.

Police frantically searched for the youngster, with multiple cars and a helicopter sent to search the vicinity.

Joseph being returned to his family by detectives after being found.
Joseph being returned to his family by detectives after being found.  Photo: Alex Riddell

They even took the unusual step of sending text messages to residents in surrounding suburbs.

The offender finally abandoned the car on Gloucester Street in Victoria Park with Joseph left inside - police confirming his safety at 4.05pm.

Police said they have since commenced a wide search for the culprit.

Earlier in the afternoon police spokesman Samuel Dinnison confirmed police were on the hunt for the thief and the youngster after the incident was reported to Police.

"The vehicle was stolen from Westminster Street in East Victoria Park," he said.

"Unfortunately at the time the vehicle was stolen, there was a three-year-old child - a boy named Joseph - he was in the car at the time," he said.

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"We now have a search going on for Joseph and the car."

Joseph has been since reunited with his parents.

Images released by police of the stolen car and Joseph during the desperate two hour search.
Images released by police of the stolen car and Joseph during the desperate two hour search.  Photo: WA Police