Forest Lake 'Kidnapping' Prank Cost $7,500

Updated: 07/09/2013 7:57 AM By: Leslie Dyste

Police are investigating a possible kidnapping in Forest Lake.
Police are investigating a possible kidnapping in Forest Lake.

After investigating a possible kidnapping, Forest Lake police say they have determined the incident was a prank.

Witnesses said they watched a dark-colored vehicle parked in front of Walmart at 200 12th Street S.W. at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Forest Lake police. The trunk was open and a woman got out, chased a female, caught up to her and put her back in the trunk.

The vehicle left at a high-rate of speed and could not be caught by the witness. The witnesses' statements were confirmed by video in the parking lot.

Police treated the incident as a "suspicious" situation, said Capt. Greg Weiss.

Washington County, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were advised of the incident.

Police received a call Monday at 2 p.m. from the mother of a juvenile involved in the incident. She said that the 'children' had performed a prank while they were in front of Walmart on July 7.

Police interviewed the people involved and confirmed the incident was a prank. Police tell KSTP four sisters were involved in the prank. Police tell KSTP the girl put in the trunk is 13-years-old and is from Lynwood. The three other sisters involved are adults. One is from Forest Lake, one is from Tennessee and the other is from North Carolina.

Forest Lake police say many hours were put into the investigation and their department alone spent at least $7,500 on this investigation. 

At this point, it's unclear if charges will be filed.