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Child sleeping inside stolen truck found safe

March 19, 2010 |  1:14 pm

Authorities searched Friday for a thief who stole a truck with a 5-year-old-boy inside. The abandoned vehicle was recovered a short time later and the boy was safe, authorities said.

The gray Toyota pickup truck was stolen from the 2400 block of North Beachwood Drive in the Hollywood Hills about 9:15 a.m., said Officer April Harding of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“An individual was putting something in a trash can when an unknown suspect came up, got inside the vehicle, and took off with the boy inside,” Harding said.

The truck was found nearby about a half-hour later in the 3000 block of Hollyridge Drive, according to law enforcement officials.

“The child was found inside the vehicle, safe,” Harding said.

The car thief remained at large.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: Five-year-old Jose Garcia, who was sleeping inside a pickup truck that was stolen in the Hollywood Hills, is reunited with his mother, Maria Del Rocio Garcia, after the stolen truck was located by the LAPD. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times