A resident of Rosh Tzurim, a kibbutz in Israel's Gush Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem, stopped his car at a junction and exited the vehicle, momentarily leaving his five year old daughter inside.
While he was outside the vehicle a thief jumped into the vehicle and drove off with the girl inside.
The shocked father called security forces who rushed to the junction and issued an alert for the vehicle and girl.
According to one report, an off-duty Palestinian Authority policeman spotted the girl at the entrance to the village of Al Aroub and returned her to Israeli authorities at the junction.
The girl was reportedly in good condition. Security forces have mounted a manhunt for the thief and the car.