Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert for Liam Barbrassa, 4, the vehicle he was in was stolen from a 7-Eleven gas station near 79th and Roberts Road at 5:35 pm.
WATCH: boy found safe inside stolen van
Police said Liam’s father went inside the convenience store for pizza and left him sleeping in the back of the family’s oldsmobile minivan when someone stole the vehicle with Liam.
“Please, this is a 4-year-old boy who is innocent,” Este Barbarossa, Liam’s aunt. “We just want him safely at home. We won’t charge you if you know of anyone. Please bring him safely to us safely.”
Bridgeview Police Cmdr. David Case said the vehicle was spotted at 7:05 pm by a police license-plate reader in the Marquette Park area in Chicago, but it was unclear if Liam was inside.
Look: Mother prays for the safe return of son
“She is very shy, and so she is afraid of strangers, people she does not know,” said Maria Barbarsa, the boy’s mother. “And so I am praying, praying that he is safe and sleeping in the car and I will see him very soon.”
Bridgeview Police spokesman Ray Hanania said the boy was found safe in Chicago. He is being examined at a local hospital.
The vehicle was recovered but the suspect remains at large, Hanania said.
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