UPDATE: Police say the missing baby who was in the back seat of a stolen car has been found safely. The following is from a previous version of the story, while the baby was still missing.
The car, described as a silver or grey 1997 Toyota Camry, was taken from the parking lot of a flea market in northwest Toronto Sunday afternoon, police said.
“A father (who) had been at the flea market had got out of his vehicle to go inside the flea market for whatever reason and had left his three-month-old infant in the back seat,” said Toronto Police Const. Craig Brister.
As the father came out of the market, his car was driving away. He gave chase on foot but couldn’t stop the theft, Brister said.
The car’s license number is BWRC161 and police describe the suspected thief as having blond hair and being in his 40s.
The theft prompted police to issue an Amber Alert in order to give the case maximum publicity.
Police were not ruling any motives for the theft in or out. Investigators were trying to determine whether the suspect even knew there was a baby in the back seat or whether he may have known the owner of the stolen car.
The car was last seen heading north, but police said it could have turned in any direction. Police were devoting considerable resources to finding the car Brister said. Police forces responsible for the suburbs around Toronto were put on the alert, as were the Ontario Provincial Police.
Although there are a lot of police officers on the lookout for the car, it is more likely a tip from the public will lead police to the baby, Brister said.
“We want to push as big of a net on this as possible, and get as much information and as many people and as many eyeballs … as we can,” he said.
Police were hoping the suspect was unaware he had made off with a baby and that he would contact them to say were the child was.
“Our priority is we want the baby back,” Brister said. “Let us know where the vehicle is so we can come and get it.”