Boy Thought To Be Kidnapped During Car Theft in East Chatham Is Safe, Police Say

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A car was stolen in Chicago's East Chatham neighborhood Friday evening, police said.

Chicago police responded to a report of a stolen white Kia at approximately 4:53 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Ellis Avenue where an unknown offender broke into the vehicle and then took off, police said.

Authorities initially said an 8-year-old boy was inside the car, however, further investigation revealed that there was no child involved in the incident. The boy is safe with his relatives, according to police.

Earlier, community activist Andrew Holmes told NBC 5 police last tracked the vehicle to the area of Stony Island Avenue and 95th Street. Late on Friday, police were working with state officials to issue a statewide Amber Alert in hope of locating the young boy.

No one is in custody, and police said the incident remains under investigation.

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