Police: Woman Fakes Abduction After Stealing From Store


UPDATED: Thursday May 30, 2013 4:54 PM

Police were investigating a report that a woman was robbed and abducted at knifepoint from a Gahanna grocery store, but authorities say she was lying.

The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. at the Giant Eagle on North Hamilton Road.

The woman claimed she was abducted at knifepoint by a man who took her away in a black Saab.

The vehicle was located in Whitehall near East Broad Street and North Yearling Road a short time later.

The woman's one-week-old daughter was found in the vehicle. The baby was put into police custody.

Authorities on the scene told 10TV that the abduction story was made up because both individuals were allegedly involved in a theft from the store.

Police say the two stole soil and gardening equipment from at least two stores.

The two people, who were not immediately identified, were arrested.

The female suspect will also be charged with child endangering, according to authorities. The male suspect has been arrested at least 26 times since 2005 for various charges.

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