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Supposed kidnapping victim was part of auto theft scheme in Charlotte, police said

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said this Ford F-150 and the woman inside were involved in an auto theft Friday on Idlewild Road.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said this Ford F-150 and the woman inside were involved in an auto theft Friday on Idlewild Road. CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

A woman whom police at first believed was a kidnapping victim during a carjacking Friday was actually part of a scheme to steal a man’s vehicle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Saturday.

The incident started with the theft of a vehicle in the 6800 block of Idlewild Road, police said.

The victim followed the thief to the intersection of East W.T. Harris Boulevard and Delta Crossing Lane. That’s where police said the victim shot at his vehicle to try to stop the thief from driving away.

The thief then left the stolen vehicle and got into a white Ford F-150. A woman was inside the truck, and police initially feared she’d been kidnapped when the truck then left the area.

Police said they gathered evidence that showed the woman and the Ford F-150 were part of the original vehicle theft on Idlewild Road.

Police continued to search for the Ford F-150 on Saturday, and no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 704-432-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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