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Due to a mistake, Noblesville police stop a vehicle and handcuff the wrong woman



Noblesville, Indiana – According to the Noblesville Police Department, police pulled over the wrong vehicle as a result of an error in a nationwide crime data reporting system.

After Noblesville Police picked up a “bolo” for a stolen car leaving Indianapolis on September 12, it took place. A car that matched the description was stopped by police close to Campus Parkway and I-69.

A woman and her child were removed from the vehicle, and the mother was then handcuffed.

“During that conversation after we controlled the scene, and stopped everything that was going on, it was during that discussion, we realized the information that was put into the computer must have been wrong because we had the rightful owner of that vehicle with us,” said Noblesville Police Lt. Bruce Barnes.

It is the reporting agency’s duty to submit the information into the National Crime Information Center’s database so that police departments across the nation can view it when a police agency, in this example the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, reports a car stolen.

However, incorrect data was entered into the system.

“We discovered that the driver of the vehicle that we had stopped, her name was Amber, and her last name was the same last name of the person who had reported her vehicle stolen to IMPD, the only difference is the Ambra with the same last name lived in Indianapolis,” said Barnes.

Prior to stopping the car, Noblesville Police got in touch with the owner, who informed them that the car had not been found.

Before they removed the driver, Noblesville police had no notion the automobile they had stopped wasn’t a stolen one. Barnes argues in favor of the strategy his team used.

“A stolen vehicle by its nature is a very high-risk stop for us, now you put into that scenario that there is a stolen gun,” said Barnes.



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