Australia

Car stolen with boy and puppy inside in central Queensland

A four-year-old boy has been abandoned at a fast food restaurant after a vehicle was stolen with him and his puppy inside in central Queensland.

Police said the car was taken from a car park in Gladstone, about 100 kilometres south-east of Rockhampton, just after 10pm on Friday while the owners were locking up a Dawson Road sports complex.

The boy was left alone at a fast food restaurant after he was taken.

The boy was left alone at a fast food restaurant after he was taken.Credit:Tanya Lake

"The car was turned on and contained the boy who was sitting on the back seat along with his eight-week-old puppy," police said.

The driver picked up a female passenger before leaving the boy alone at a fast-food restaurant on nearby Glenlyon Road at 10.15pm, according to officers.

Police found the abandoned vehicle with the puppy inside on Matson Crescent, about a five-minute drive away, just after 1am.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is urged to contact police.

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