Police still investigating stolen car from Forrestfield with two-year-old boy still inside

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POLICE are yet to charge anyone in relation to a stolen vehicle on Saturday where a child was still in the car then dumped outside a supermarket.

Just after 11.55am on Saturday, a Holden Commodore sedan was stolen from a residence in Gala Way, Forrestfield.

At the time, a two-year-old boy named Ryan was in the vehicle.

The stolen vehicle.

About 10 minutes later, Ryan was found outside a supermarket near the corner of Edinburgh Road and Lincoln Road, Forrestfield but the car had left the scene.

Police media liaison officer Samuel Dinnison said it appeared the stolen car “arrived at the supermarket, stopped, and the child was pushed out of one of the back doors”.

“The vehicle then drove off,” he said.

“One or more members of the public then went to assist Ryan and called police.”

Police then found the stolen car damaged and abandoned on Gooseberry Hill Road, Gooseberry Hill, reporting the driver had fled on foot.

A man believed to be in his 20s was arrested in the nearby Maida Vale area and taken to Midland Police Station to be interviewed.

However, he was later released without charge as police continue to gather more evidence.

After Ryan was found, his mother released a statement thanking police, the media and members of the community who helped share the messages about Ryan on social media.

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

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