Teens caught planning to use hoax kidnapping to rob store

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SURPRISE -- Police caught three teenagers who had planned to use a fake kidnapping as a guise to rob a store last month.

Surprise Police spokesman Mark Ortega said that on April 12 a woman living in the 13500 block of West Crocus Drive called police and said that her son had been kidnapped and her vehicle had been stolen.

Ortega said the woman had been led to believe a drug dealer whom her son owed money to had kidnapped him and taken her car.

When police detectives began investigating the matter they found the stolen vehicle in the area of 51st Avenue and Thomas Road. The woman's son was in the vehicle, along with two other teenage boys.

According to Ortega police took in the boys, ages 15 to 16, for questioning. There they told officers that the kidnapping was a hoax to cover up a planned robbery of a check cashing store.

Ortega said the teenagers told police they were on their way to rob the store when they were stopped by detectives.

The boys were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and theft of means of transportation.