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Suisun City Police Say Abduction Hoax Investigation Cost $30,000

SUISUN CITY (CBS SF) — Law enforcement agencies spent $30,255 investigating a reported abduction last week of a 17-year-old girl that turned out to be a hoax, police said Friday.

The tab includes the cost of personnel and equipment, and the information will be forwarded to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, police said.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office received a report Dec. 8 that Christina Almanza was missing and might have been kidnapped.

The information was based on text messages she sent to a member of her family in which she claimed she was being held against her will.

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert the next day, and Almanza was found safe in a residence in the 100 block of Bolton Way in Vallejo around 1 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Police said she admitted making up the story to get sympathy from her family. She was arrested for filing a false police report.

In addition to the Suisun City Police Department, the lead agency in the case, Fairfield police, Vallejo police, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office were involved in the search between Thursday and Friday afternoons, police said.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office is deciding whether charges will be filed against the teen.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Phil White

    All people should be held accountable for their actions. They make a decision to take an illegal action on something, either because it will make them feel good, hurt others, gain attention, cost money, or somehow benefit them in some way.
    The tax payers should not have to pay the bill on someone else’s illegal actions! Let a Judge or Jury decide on that person’s guilt…

  • Sundance

    I don’t know if $30,255.00 is accurate. After all. some of the cops were on duty anyway and getting paid. She is a dumb kid, behaving like a dumb kid, I hope she learned a lesson from this. This is nothing compared to what our tax money is being wasted on….chalk it up and get on with the important stuff.

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