The Fayetteville Police Department arrived in the nick of time to prevent more suffering from an elderly woman in a hot car.

The nearly-tragic incident started June 7 when the department arrested Recordia Alexander of Fayetteville for theft by deception for trying to take a lawnmower from Walmart valued at $300.

Upon his arrest, Alexander told the police he did not have a car in the parking lot and was taken to jail, according to the incident report.

When he got to jail, he admitted he had left his mother, Elizabeth Stover, 74, inside a parked car in the Walmart parking lot.

“When officers located the vehicle at Walmart, Stover was found to be exposed to very hot temperatures inside of the vehicles and the windows rolled up,” the report reads.

Officers discovered she had been inside the vehicle for over three hours, and had been recently discharged from the hospital for multiple medical problems.

“EMS was called and evaluated Stover, and advised she required medical treatment for heat related issues. She was taken to Piedmont Fayette Hospital via ambulance for treatment,” the report added.

Alexander was then charged with elder abuse, obstruction of officer, giving false name to officer, and revoked or suspended license.