A signal for amber was issued Monday night after a minivan with a four-year-old boy inside was stolen in front of a gas station in the southern suburb of Bridgeview, police said.
At approximately 5:37 p.m., Liam J. Barbara was in an Oldsmobile Silhouette van from 2001 in front of the 7-Eleven gas station when someone stole the car.
Liam weighs 45 kilograms and is four feet tall. He has blond hair and blue eyes and was wearing a black jacket, gray pants with a yellow stripe, white socks and no shoes, police said.
The boy’s father told police that he entered 7-Eleven to buy food and when he left, he found that the vehicle had been stolen.
The minivan was later spotted on the 26th in California in southwestern Chicago, but police were unable to determine if the boy was inside at the time.
At a press conference in the hours after his abduction, police and the young boy̵
“If anyone knows anything, please,” the boy’s aunt said. “This is a four-year-old boy who is innocent. We just want him safe at home.”
Liam’s mother, Maria Barbara, said she had no feelings for the one who took the minivan – all she wanted was her son’s return.
“I know you probably didn’t realize he was there, and that’s good,” she said. “Please leave it intact and just get out of the vehicle.”
The vehicle is a 2001 Blue Oldsmobile Silhouette van with a Illinois license L703520 and a US Marine sticker in the rear window, police said.
Anyone with information should call 911 immediately.