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A woman from Union Grove was charged after she stole her mother’s car and faked her own kidnapping.

Amber Marie Pfeiffer, 34, borrowed her mother’s car to go to work on Aug. 13. She didn’t return. Instead, she called her mother on Monday saying she was being held captive by “drug dealers” and they wanted $500 for her release, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Her mother didn’t have the money, but offered what little she had “for food.” Pfeiffer said the drug dealers would let her go to pick up the money, but that she had to “drop some people off first” and she wouldn’t go to the house if there were police there. When Pfeiffer arrived, she was detained. At first, she told police they had signed her death warrant. But later she admitted that she had not been held captive and was staying at a motel the past 10 days with friends. 

Pfeiffer was charged with operating a car without the owner’s consent, attempted misdemeanor theft by false representation, disorderly conduct, and obstructing an officer.

Pfeiffer is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 signature bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.