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Police arrest suspect, 54, in in Oakland supermarket theft

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POSTED February 13, 2014 6:47 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — Police have taken a suspected shoplifter into custody in Northern California in connection with what authorities initially thought was a carjacking and kidnapping outside a supermarket.

Oakland Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said Wednesday that 54-year-old Roy McCamey of Oakland was picked up by authorities Wednesday evening just hours after authorities determined that no abduction had occurred.

Authorities say McCamey matches the description of a man who stole items inside a Safeway before the apparent carjacking Tuesday. He wielded a knife and threatened store employees, police said.

Police initially said a man armed with a knife took over a red four-door sedan carrying a second man and 13-year-old girl in the store’s parking lot.

The incident prompted a statewide Amber Alert that was deactivated Wednesday afternoon when police discovered that the three people knew each other, Watson said.

Investigators met with the driver in Oakland on Wednesday after police got a call from the public on his whereabouts, Watson said.

The teenage girl inside the car is actually an adult and police were still looking for her, Watson added. Police said they have also talked to the other man in the car.

All three could face criminal charges.

“We are still looking at a crime, even though there has been a shift in the investigation. We will now look at what those crimes will be,” Watson said Wednesday. “We know that had a theft in the store and we also have information that the suspect was armed with a knife and did make some threats.”

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