CHICAGO (CBS) — A 33-year-old man has been charged with a felony, for allegedly lying to police about an 8-year-old girl being in his car when it was stolen in the Chatham neighborhood on Sunday, prompting an Amber Alert.
Cleadus Taylor has been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, according to Chicago police.
Taylor left the keys in the ignition of his 2006 Audi A6 Quattro when he went into a store near 85th and Cottage Grove around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He told police his 8-year-old daughter was in the back seat when two people stole it while he was in the store.
Police issued an Amber Alert, and began searching for the car. Around 8:30 p.m., the girl was found safe with her family, and investigators determined her father lied about her being in the car when it was stolen. Police and she was unharmed and had never been missing.
“Taylor had fabricated the story and deliberately misled officers regarding the circumstances of the incident, specifically that the car was occupied at the time of the theft,” police said in a statement.
The motive for filing the false report was not immediately clear.
The stolen car was found abandoned near 76th and Green.
Taylor, who lives in South Bend, Indiana, was due to appear for a bond hearing Monday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.