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Woman says kidnapping claim was a prank

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 16, 2000

TAMPA -- A woman who claimed to have been kidnapped Saturday was playing a joke on a convenience store clerk, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The woman entered the Radiant Food store at 2801 S 50th St. with two men. On her way out, she slipped the clerk a note saying they had kidnapped her. The clerk noted the tag number on the car and called authorities. The Sheriff's Office put out a statewide alert for a dark blue 1993 Ford Escort.

Tampa police later found the car and its three occupants at a hotel on Nebraska Avenue. The woman admitted to pulling a joke.

Spokesman Rod Reder said charges won't be filed.

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