Roy McCamey, person of interest
Roy McCamey, person of interest

OAKLAND -- An Amber Alert for a teenage girl police thought was abducted from an Oakland Hills supermarket by a suspected shoplifter was canceled Wednesday after investigators found the driver of the vehicle and determined that no kidnapping had taken place, authorities said.

Hundreds of Bay Area police were on alert Tuesday after a man, later identified by police as 54-year-old Roy McCamey, had attempted to shoplift steak and lobster from a Safeway store at 4100 Redwood Road. McCamey was picked up by police Wednesday night outside of Oakland and will be questioned by city police investigators soon, said Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson. He was not under arrest Wednesday night, Watson said.Police were initially told that the shoplifter threatened store employees with a knife before running out into the store parking lot and getting into a maroon car that was driving by the front entrance. Witnesses told police the occupants of the car were an older black man and a female that appeared to be 13.

Witnesses also told police the occupants of the car yelled they did not know the suspect, prompting a large police response and the issuing of an Amber Alert.

On Wednesday, an Oakland resident gave police information that led them to the driver, who was not identified. Police said they interviewed the man and determined that the "teenage girl" was actually an adult woman, and that both people had come to the market with McCamey.

"We are still attempting to locate the female but there's no indication she's in harm's way," Watson said Wednesday evening.

The three are not related, Watson added. Police are still looking for the woman, who was not identified, but a previous alert for a red sedan and a license plate the trio were linked to was canceled.


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All three could face criminal charges, Watson said, but the investigation was ongoing.

McCamey has a history of theft arrests and is known to frequent the area of the store where the shoplifting happened. His name came up as a person of interest after police released store video of a man seen taking lobster and steaks from the store and tips started coming in to investigators.

Police were always concerned that nobody reported the pair missing.

But until the driver was located, Watson said, "we have to treat it as a carjacking and kidnapping. We would be negligent if we did not.

"It was the right thing to do at the time."