FARMINGTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) - An Amber Alert issued Saturday was canceled after an investigation revealed the story was fabricated by the alleged victim, police said.
The Amber Alert was issued Saturday afternoon around 5 p.m. when Mitchell Dutz told police with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department that a group of men stole a car with a 13-month-old baby inside at a gas station in Farmington, Illinois, just west of Peoria.
Dutz initially told officers he was paying for gas when the car was stolen.
After interviewing Dutz, police said they discovered he had fabricated the carjacking and kidnapping. No child was risk, police say.
Police said Dutz had allegedly been robbed during a drug deal. He was using the story of the kidnapped child to pursue charges against the man who he said robbed him, according to police.
Police said a man originally believed to be a suspect in the alleged kidnapping was not involved in any way and the search for him has been dropped.
Dutz was charged with residential burglary, false police report, false representation of police statement, false 911 call.