Police have launched an investigation into the theft of what is believed to be a Ballarat City Council vehicle after it was left unattended at Wendouree early on Thursday morning.
Detectives were told a driver got out of the car near the intersection of Norman and Gillies streets before a thief pounced, driving off in the vehicle about 7am.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O'Grady said the stolen car was a white Isuzu ute, bearing registration plates 5066B.
A Ballarat City Council spokeswoman declined to comment.
"We're not in a position to comment on this as it's a police investigation," she said.
It remains unclear if the ute’s keys were left in the ignition or inside the vehicle.
The police investigation into the incident was ongoing.
Anyone with information about the vehicle theft along Norman Street is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au