UPDATE: Buffalo man charged after lying to police that a 9-year-old boy was in the backseat of stolen vehicle


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– The Buffalo Police say, Jaron Quarles, 29, of Buffalo lied to police about a 9-year-old boy he reported was in the back seat of a stolen vehicle on the night of January 30.

Officials tell us Quarles reported the boy was missing in order to get a faster response time from police in regards to his stolen vehicle.

We’re told this false report triggered a large search by police, shortly before the 9-year-old returned to the mini-mart where the vehicle was reported stolen.

Quarles has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, and more charges are possible, according to Buffalo Police.

“Buffalo Police would like to remind motorist of the dangers associated with leaving your vehicle engine running and leaving the vehicle unattended.”

Buffalo Police Department

The stolen vehicle is still missing.

Original: 1/30/2021

The Buffalo Police Department is looking for a vehicle that was stolen outside of a minimart.

The vehicle was left running with the keys inside and a 9-year-old boy allegedly in the back seat. The boy has been located and is safe, according to police.

BPD said in a tweet that the car was stolen in the area of Orleans Street and LaSalle Avenue at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The vehicle is described as a newer blue Mazda 6 with New York license plate JPN6991.

If you see the vehicle, police ask you call 911.

News 4 is working to learn more information.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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