Car found, child safe after reported theft from Camp Washington gas station

The person who reported the incident has been arrested and will be charged with inducing panic and making false alarms, police say.

Police find vehicle after it was stolen from BP gas station in Camp Washington

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police have located a vehicle they reported stolen earlier Thursday night.

The car was reportedly stolen from a BP gas station in Camp Washington. At the time, police said there was a 10-month-old infant inside.

The theft occurred around 9:45 p.m. at the gas station at 1326 Hopple Street, according to police.

A man called CPD and made the report about the theft and the infant being involved. He said his car was at the pump and the keys were in the ignition when two people jumped inside and stole the car, according to CPD Capt. Doug Snider.

Snider says police called in every resource and began working on an amber alert, changing signs on the highway, calling in extra officers and calling in the county’s helicopter to assist.

Forty-five minutes into the investigation, Snider says, the driver changed his story, telling officers there was no child in the car but that he had money in the car instead. He explained he used the child pretense knowing police would make finding the car a top priority.

Police say the child in question was never in the car and was safe with its grandmother the entire time.

The reporting person has been arrested and will be charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

The vehicle was located around 11:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Enright Avenue in Price Hill. The two suspects fled on foot.

Police say a Good Samaritan called in a tip that the car was in the area and officers spotted it less than a block away from where the suspects fled.

One of the suspects was apprehended several streets over following a canine track, police say.

Initially the suspects were described as a 6 ft. male with gray sweatpants (pictured below) and a 6 ft. male in all black clothing and a white beanie hat.

If you have any information you’re urged to contact the Cincinnati Police Department.

One of the suspects
One of the suspects (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)

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