LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Police set up a perimeter in a residential neighborhood to the northeast of 82nd Street and University Tuesday afternoon. At about 2:30 police were told a car had been stolen with a child inside it. They now believe that report was false.
A car was taken from K-Mart, 6501 University Avenue, and recovered in an alley in the 7800 block of Avenue U. Police said the car was tracked by GPS.
However, police said there was no child in the car, and they believe there never was a missing child.
"It turns out that he was mistaken, the report was false, there wasn't a child in the front seat, thank goodness," Sergeant Jason Lewis with Lubbock Police said.
"They're coming from every direction, there's something going on," Scott Brown said. Brown lives on Avenue U and was home when police came door to door, looking for the suspect as well as the child.
"Saw a police officer with a rifle and a bullet proof vest, and another officer with him, I didn't know what to think," Bruce Schafer said. He too was home on Avenue U when police asked to search his backyard and shed.
"You seen anybody, we said no, they said, well, we'd like you to go inside for right now while we search the area, we said sure," Brown said."
"As gut-wrenching as it is, we're thankful that that was the case and there wasn't actually a 6 year old child involved,' Sergeant Lewis said.
Neighbors said the search caught many of them off guard, though said they felt police responded exactly as they should in a situation where they thought a child was missing. "Went and searched house by house, and they were real nice, and, but they were very methodical. They were looking," Brown said.
According to Sergeant Lewis, police were continuing to speak to the man who called in this report, trying to figure out exactly what happened Tuesday. "I don't know what his state of mind was whenever he reported the child, he may have very well felt the child was in there, I don't know," Sergeant Lewis said.
No word on any charges possibly being filed and police have not released any additional information about the suspect who stole the car.
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