A 3-year-old boy somehow crawled up into a claw machine and was busy playing with the toys inside while his mother frantically searched for him.
Employees at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln said a customer alerted them that the young child was stuck inside the claw machine.
At the same time police were called to a home nearby on a report of a missing child. According to reports, a 24-year-old woman called 911 when she discovered her 3-year-old had slipped out of her apartment.
She told police that she was in the bathroom when the boy left through an unlocked door.
Meanwhile, Madsen's called police and the vending machine company to come let him out.
Employees said by the time the vending people arrived police had pieced the two situations together.
The boy was freed from the machine without any injury.
According to police, the mother acted quickly and appropriately as soon as she realized her son was missing and there were no indications of neglect. She was not cited.