Now Oakland police have arrested the girl's father for lying to officers in hopes of getting his car back quicker.
OPD Investigators have arrested the father of the 3 yr old for filing a false police report. Earlier in the day the 3 yr old was w/ father, but at the time the vehicle was stolen the 3 yr old was safe w/ mother. Father lied to police in hopes police would find car quickly. pic.twitter.com/OhV4nDHTd9— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) May 12, 2019
ABC7 News obtained surveillance video from Saturday night that shows a suspected car thief getting into a silver Mercedes outside outside a liquor store on International Blvd. in Oakland, while the owner was inside.
Seconds later, the Mercedes is seen driving off, the owner seen running after the stolen car into traffic.
The car's owner told Oakland Police his 3-year old daughter was in the backseat of the car.
Dad arrested by #Oakland Police for making false report that his daughter was inside his Mercedes which was stolen Sat. night. Police say he lied in hopes of getting car back quicker. Case prompted Amber Alert. https://t.co/g08fgIG1lp pic.twitter.com/yS0sUgc3jm— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) May 12, 2019
The case prompted an AMBER alert.
The car was recovered hours later after it crashed into a bus stop on San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, the suspect was taken into custody, but the child was not inside.
Police say that's because the child was never in the car to begin with. She was at home, safe with her mom.
The father was arrested for making a false police report in hopes police would find the Mercedes quicker, according to authorities.
"I don't think that's right, I feel like there's other ways to get your car back," said Tadaysha Dewalt.
Dewalt who lives in Oakland, can't believe the story.
"I'm glad baby is safe, that's the most important thing that baby was not in the car," Dewalt added.
The identity of the child's father has not been released. It's unclear if police contacted the child's mother before issuing the AMBER Aert on Saturday.
OPD located missing 3 year-old child who was reported taken during a carjacking. Child is safe. The suspect in the car jacking has been taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/niKs1KgKLj— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) May 12, 2019