Detectives are investigating after a vehicle was stolen with a four-year-old boy and a puppy inside at a car park in Gladstone last night.
Just after 10pm, the car was stolen while the owners were locking up a Dawson Road sports complex.
The car was turned on and contained the boy who was sitting on the back seat along with his eight-week-old puppy.
The driver picked up a female passenger before they the boy was dropped off alone at a fast-food restaurant on Glenlyon Road at 10.15pm.
Police located the vehicle abandoned with the puppy still inside on Matsen Crescent just after 1am.
No one was physically injured during the incident.
Anyone who may have information about the incident is urged to contact police.
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