West Midlands Police was contacted by the children’s “distraught” father after his car was taken with his two young boys, aged two and four, still inside.
Officers gave chase to the vehicle, which at one point drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway with the children inside.
However, officers were able to bring the car to a halt on the A38 Bristol Road near Belgrave Interchange.
Two 15 year-old boys have been arrested in connection with the crime. They are being questioned on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and kidnap.
Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Lee Wiggan said the incident was “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
“This type of incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, but thankfully we were able to stop the car and reunite the family less than fifteen minutes after it was stolen”, he said.
“It’s a fantastic outcome to what was a very serious, urgent incident and my thanks go to the officers involved as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service for their support.”