Mustang owner reports fake kidnapping to get NYPD to find stolen car faster
It worked, but now the man is facing fines likely worth more than the car itself
Police in Queens, New York have charged a 32-year-old Mustang owner with filing a false police report after he allegedly called in his presumed stolen car, then added that he thought there was a 7-year-old child with special needs missing along with it. When he knew there wasn’t.
Yes, you’ve understood it fine: a man lied to police and got them to launch a full-scale search for a missing child who didn’t exist, or at least wasn’t missing, all so they would find this totally average fifth-generation Mustang faster.
James Reyes called the missing red Mustang convertible into the police on Halloween night around 6:45pm, but rather than go the honest route and say the car was simply missing, he added the small detail about the missing and vulnerable child as well. And wouldn’t you know, it worked, generating a helluva lot more of a search response than it would’ve for just the stolen car.