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Woman Tells Cops Grandson Was in Stolen Car, so She Can Get it Back Faster

A woman’s love for her car surpasses her love of freedom, because she made the terribly uninspired choice of lying to the cops when her black Hyundai Accent was stolen.
Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta says they don't take abduction calls "lightly" 21 photos
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Antoinette Rowan, 37, from Florida, is now facing charges of making a false police report after her car was stolen outside a gas station on Sunday night. She called the cops to report the theft and claimed that her 3-year-old grandson was in the backseat, Local 10 News reports.

In doing so, she hoped the cops would move faster to track down the car and catch the guy who stole it, because they would be looking for a kid first and foremost. She was right about that – but she was wrong by making false claims.

Rowan initially told the police that she had spent the entire day with her grandson, and that she took him with her when she went to meet a man about some “transaction.” She picked up the man from his home and then drove to a Walmart, where she went in to buy some stuff. That’s when the man drove off with her Hyundai Accent.

“The call originally came in as a child abduction,” Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta says. “A car was taken with a 3-year-old child inside, and that's something that we cannot take lightly.”

Police later found the boy at his mother’s home and both Rowan and her daughter (the boy’s mother) claimed that the grandmother had been “confused” in thinking the child was with her in the car, because she had dropped him off just minutes earlier.

Eventually, Rowan admitted to flat-out lying so she could get the cops to move faster on finding her car. The police identified the thief as 32-year-old Antonio Monzon, but they’re yet to find him. When they do catch him, he’s facing a grand theft auto charge.



 
 
 
 
 

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