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Cops: Mom falsely claimed kids were abducted from gas station

A woman claimed that a suspect jumped into her vehicle and drove away with three children inside while she was pumping gas at an Exxon station in Seat Pleasant, Md.

Updated at 5:59 a.m. ET: Three children were falsely reported abducted during a car theft near Washington, D.C., on Sunday night, police said.  

The woman's claim - on a night when emergency personnel were gearing up for the impact of Hurricane Sandy - led state police to issue an Amber Alert and search for a black Nissan Altima.

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Detectives believe the woman claimed her children - ages 1, 3 and 5 - were in the car to get faster response.

The mother claimed she was pumping gas at an Exxon station in Seat Pleasant, Md., when a suspect jumped into her vehicle and drove away with the three children inside.  She will be charged with making a false police report, police said in a press release.

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Police later found the car in southeast D.C. The children were not inside. They were found safe later in the night.

NBC News staff contributed to this report.