5-year-boy OK after abduction

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 06:29 PM

Police said a 5-year-old Raleigh boy is OK after a vehicle he was in was stolen in Butner and abandoned in Durham. The child was found at a Durham convenience store and returned to his parents.

Chief Danny Roberts of the Butner Police Department said Butner police got a call about 3:19 p.m. Wednesday from the boy’s father, saying his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban was stolen from The Depot, a convenience store on N.C. 56 in Butner. He said his son was inside the vehicle when someone drove it away.

Police began a search for the vehicle and issued an all-points bulletin, and Durham police found the child at a Wilco Hess store at 803 E. Geer St. in Durham, he said.

A Butner investigator picked up the child and brought him to Butner Police Headquarters, where his parents, also from Raleigh, were waiting for him.

“He was in good spirits,” Roberts said of the boy.

Butner police examined the vehicle, which was found at Carver Pond Apartments off Meriwether Drive in Durham. The car had temporary tags.

No arrest had been made as of Thursday evening, and Roberts said police have no suspects.

He asked that anyone who was at The Depot in Butner or the Wilco in Durham on Wednesday afternoon and might have information about the abduction contact Butner police at 919-575-6561.