NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police said an initial report that an 8-year-old was inside a car when it was stolen from a Wawa convenience store was incorrect.
Police said they had determined through the preliminary investigation that the report that an 8-year-old girl was inside the car at the time of the theft was not correct.
The car was taken from Wawa at 1146 N. Military Highway Friday. The incident was called in around 3:50 p.m. when an officer was flagged down by a resident at the Wawa parking and told the officer that his car had just been stolen and that his 8-year-old daughter was inside the vehicle.
Officers responded to the incident and when they attempted to approach the car, police say the driver then sped off.
Believing the 8-year-old girl to still be in the car, the officers pursued the car until the driver stopped in the 6200 block of Alexander Street. After a short chase on foot, officers took two juveniles into custody.
When police checked the stolen car for the 8-year-old girl, she was not inside.
Police tweeted at 5 p.m. that the girl had been found in Virginia Beach. Officials say the girl was in the care of her mother. They also determined that child had never been in the car.
10 On Your Side was at the scene of the Wawa around 5 p.m. when we saw police handcuff a man and place him in a cruiser. It’s unclear whether he was involved in the stolen car incident or not.
The man who initially flagged police was issued a summons for falsely summoning law enforcement and was later released.
In a Friday night update, police also said five juveniles had been detained in connection with the stolen car.
After further investigation, police charged two juveniles in connection with the incident. A 14-year-old boy was charged with grand larceny of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, and conspiracy to commit larceny. The second juvenile, a 15-year-old boy was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny.
Rafael Rodriguez was in the neighborhood getting his son french fries from the McDonald’s drive-thru off of Virginia Beach Boulevard when he saw an unusual scene unfold inside a nearby car.
“When we were by the McDonalds there were young kids in the car and three cop cars pulled them over right there by the drive-thru. There was about four kids, not young kids but teenagers,” Rodriguez stated.
The investigation is ongoing.
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