A man was taken into custody Monday in Cambridge, hours after his children were reported missing from their Toronto schools.

Police said the two children, aged 12 and 10, were dropped off at their respective schools Monday morning, but the schools later called their mother, saying the kids were not in class.

A search then began for a four-door silver Honda Civic. Police say a citizen spotted the vehicle and alerted authorities.

“It was a zone alert, a vehicle that was wanted in an abduction of two young children in the Toronto area,” said Cambridge OPP Sgt. Peggy Gamble.

Five OPP vehicles caught up to the vehicle in the area of Highway 401 and Townline Road, where they boxed in the driver and subsequently arrested him.

The man, who cannot be named, was charged with two counts of abduction.

Police say there was no Amber Alert issued because they did not believe the children were in immediate danger.