Toddler found alive and safe in stolen vehicle
UPDATE by Jessica Grewal at 1.00pm: An abducted toddler is back in the arms of her family after the stolen car she was trapped in was dumped at Coffs Harbour on Monday morning.
The two-and a half-year old's father phoned 000 when his black Honda Odyssey station wagon was snatched from a shopping centre car-park with the girl still in the back seat about 10.45am.
For a frantic 90 minutes police searched local streets and patrolled the Pacific Hwy while the father and his six-year-old daughter, who was also in the car but managed to escape, were comforted by family.
The car was discovered dumped on Ocean Pde by the owner of a Park Beach motel about 12.20pm.
Police rushed to the scene and found the girl shaken but safe.
Friends who had been helping with the search hugged the girl until family arrived from the police station.
On Monday night the hunt was still on for the driver who was described as a young male of aboriginal/Torres Strait appearance.
12.15PM: The car has been recovered at Park Beach at 12.10pm.
Police say the young girl was found in the car a little upset but safe and well.
An ambulance has been tasked to the location and the parents have been informed.
11.40AM: Police have asked urgent public assistance to help locate a two-year-old girl.
A 2012 black Honda Odyssey station wagon with a NSW registration of MEG080 was taken from next to Coffs Central Shopping Centre in Castle Street at 10.45.
Police are asking the public to be on alert and report any sightings of this vehicle.
Ring Triple Zero (000) to provide any information about this abduction.
UPDATE 11.15am: It's understood but yet to be confirmed an older child was able to get out of the vehicle.
The car was last seen in Vernon St where it turned right and drove past the Coffs Harbour War Memorial Swimming Pool.
BREAKING 11.00am: Police are desperately searching for a car that's been stolen with a young toddler on board in Coffs Harbour this morning.
The black Honda Odyssey was reported stolen from the Gordon St car park just before 11am.
It is understood a young girl, aged two-a-half, was inside the car when it was taken.
The offender is described as being a young male of Aboriginal appearance.
Police are currently calling all resources to scour local streets and the Pacific Hwy in search of the car.
Anyone who sights the vehicle should call 000 immediately.