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Police Investigating A Suspicious Man In Chatham Trying To Lure Kids

Thursday April 18th, 2013, 4:44pm


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Chatham Kent Police are investigating after two instances of a man attempting to lure young kids.

Police say that the first incident took place on Monday April 15th when a 9-year-old girl was walking home from school in the Orchard Heights area when the driver of a vehicle yelled, ‘hey’.

The suspect vehicle was a white 4-door car with tinted windows, lots of paint scratches and a dent on the driver’s side front door near the middle. The driver was a man in his mid 30’s with short dark hair who was wearing a black ball cap at the time.

Through investigation, police say that they learned that the man did not say anything else to the child nor was there any physical contact. At that time, there was no evidence to substantiate that her safety was in jeopardy.

The second took place this morning in the area of Indian Creek Public School. Police say that a suspicious vehicle approached a 12-year-old boy walking to school. The driver asked the boy if he wanted a ride to school. The boy began running to school and the vehicle followed. The driver asked again if he wanted a ride. The student continued to run to the school.

There are no physical descriptors of the driver at the time of this release but he was identified as having a deep voice. The vehicle was described as an older white Chevrolet Impala style car with very dark tinted windows, scratches on the driver’s door and dark rims.

Police searched the area however the vehicle was not located.

Police are asking the public to be vigilant and call the police immediately if a vehicle matching this description is observed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Kate McArthur of the Criminal Investigations Section at 519-380-6598.

Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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