A seven-year-old boy who was inside his family car when it was stolen in Perth on Saturday night has miraculously been found safe and well.
Joseph — the son of the car’s owner — was inside the white Mitsubishi Pajero Sports, with registration 1HCG 461, when the thief took off in the vehicle.
NCA NewsWire understands the parents got out of the car momentarily to enter their Napier Street house in Morley, leaving the keys in the ignition.
When they returned after several seconds at about 8.40pm, the parked car was gone and the boy was reported missing.
Police sought the public’s help in a desperate search for his whereabouts overnight.
On Sunday morning, police took to Twitter to announce Joseph was found ‘safe and well’.
“Many thanks to the community for their assistance,” the post read.
According to police, the boy woke up in the back seat of the Pajero, which was dumped in Forrestfield, at about 5.45am and knocked on the front door of the nearest house along Northumberland Road.
Police were then contacted by the homeowners who drove Joseph to the local police station.
“Joseph was collected a short time later from the station by his mother and is now safe and well, and with family,” WA Police said.
“Further inquiries will be conducted to determine who stole the vehicle, and how it came to be at the home.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call triple zero or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.