The alert was canceled after an initial allegation that a 2-year-old girl had been inside the vehicle was deemed to be unfounded, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The incident, which occurred about 8 a.m. at Baseline Street and Rogers Lane, was captured on surveillance video released by the Sheriff's Department.
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A spokesperson for the agency said a woman seen running after the stolen car in the footage fabricated a claim that her young daughter was inside.
Two hours after the theft was reported, authorities located the vehicle and arrested a man, Nijee Jackson, on suspicion of grand theft auto.
Sheriff's investigators were interviewing the woman who claimed that her child had been kidnapped. Detectives later arrested the woman, identified her as Ethel Hervey, for false report of a child abduction and violation of probation.
****UPDATE****#Highland Suspect and vehicle located. Kidnapping allegations unfounded. Investigation is ongoing.— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 4, 2020