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Canine case cracked: Stolen dog found 300km from home

Bowie the Australian shepherd is believed to be safe and well after a tip-off to NSW police.

Bowie the Australian shepherd is believed to be safe and well after a tip-off to NSW police. Photo: AAP

A blind dog snatched from its southeast Queensland home has been found safe and well in NSW after officers got their paws on the alleged dog-napper.

Bowie the Australian shepherd was taken from a Southport home on Wednesday, when Queensland police said he was driven away in a car stolen from the Regatta Parade property during a daylight break in.

They released CCTV footage of a man spotted with Bowie at a Yamba petrol station in northern NSW about 4.30pm that day.

On Friday, NSW police said a tip-off from the public led them to find the dog during a vehicle stop at Macksville, more than 300km down the coast from Southport, about 10.30am.

Police arrested a 48-year-old man at the scene and he was taken to Macksville Police Station for questioning.

An officer from the Coffs-Clarence region is taking care of the dog, believed to be Bowie, until he can be returned home.

Meanwhile, Victoria Police are still searching for Marbles, a miniature pomeranian snatched from the front seat of her owner’s unlocked car in Brunswick East on Wednesday.

Marbles’ owner told police the eight-year-old tan dog was wearing a red collar when she was stolen.

– AAP

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