Thursday, February 7, 2008

Attempted Child Abduction at Sears

Howard County Times [MD]
7 February 2008

Police dispel rumor over attempted abduction at mall

Mike Santa Rita

Howard County police issued a public advisory Feb. 1 to dispel a rumor that had circulated through e-mail of an attempted child abduction at Sears in the Columbia mall on Jan. 29. [...]

[The innocent behavior of a Sears' employee who was greeting customers was misinterpreted by a mother, who later sent an e-mail to numerous people describing the attempted abduction of her child. She later admitted to police that some of the details in her e-mail were exaggerated, such as her claim that Sears' employees had chased the man as he fled the store.]