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Car recovered after being stolen with 3-year-old girl inside; child 'unharmed'

A 3-year-old girl who was strapped in a car seat inside a car that was stolen in East Anchorage Sunday evening was found unharmed a short time later, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a 2012 silver Nissan Sentra was stolen from the 200 block of McCarrey Street, police said in a statement. The car had been left running with the keys inside and the girl strapped into the car seat, alone, inside the vehicle.

"No one else was in or around the car when it was taken," wrote Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad in an email Sunday.

Minutes after police put out a community advisory asking anyone who saw the vehicle to call 911, another statement went out saying the car had been found abandoned behind a Brown Jug liquor store on Bragaw Street with the girl "still strapped inside the car and unharmed."

Police did not have any suspects as of 7 p.m. Sunday.

Michelle Theriault Boots

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