LILBURN, Ga. -- A Lilburn woman was arrested Monday for making up a story about an attempted kidnapping and telling it to police.
Pamela Ann Strong is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail. She has been charged with false report of a crime, according to jail records.
Lilburn Police spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said Strong told investigators she saw a man attempt to kidnap a child from Park Avenue Thrift on Aug. 30.
Investigators interviewed Strong for a second time on Sept. 14, when she admitted that she made up the story, Haynes said.
Strong told police that she made up the story because she was upset that the child's parents were not supervising him while he looked at toys in the thrift store, according to Haynes.
"This is a serious offense. The department spent several man hours trying to locate this suspect," Haynes said in a statement. "The department takes these types of reports extremely serious, and when this was initially reported, other investigations were dropped to focus on this one. To later find out this was a fabricated story is extremely disappointing."