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09/18/2018 07:26 EDT | Updated 09/18/2018 07:26 EDT

Alberta Police Say Child In Stolen SUV Found 'Safe And Unharmed'

The child and the vehicle were both found in a couple of hours.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police car sits at a roadblock near Fort McMurray, Alta. May 5, 2016.
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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police car sits at a roadblock near Fort McMurray, Alta. May 5, 2016.

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Police in Alberta say a six-year-old boy who had been inside an SUV when it was stolen has been found "safe and unharmed," and the vehicle has also been recovered.

RCMP say a 2009 grey Chevrolet Tahoe was stolen late Monday from a residential area of Fort Macleod, a town of about 3,000 in the southwest corner of the province.

The child and the vehicle were both found within a few hours. No suspect information has been released, and police say the investigation continues.

Didn't meet criteria for Amber Alert

The incident came just over 24 hours after an Amber Alert was issued when a Mercedes SUV was stolen in North Battleford, Sask., with a six-year-old girl in the backseat.

The girl was found safe almost 14 hours later still inside that vehicle, which had been left about two kilometres from where it had been taken.

A police spokesman said the Alberta case did not meet the strict criteria needed to issue an Amber Alert.

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