Waukee Police Warn Parents of Suspicious Vehicle That Followed Two Girls Home
Two Waukee girls reported a vehicle following them from a park to their cul-de-sac on Tuesday. Adel police reported a different vehicle with suspicious people in it Tuesday asked a boy if he wanted candy. Authorities don't believe the cases are related.
Waukee and Adel police had reports Tuesday of people in suspicious vehicles following children and in one case trying to talk to a child.
According to a news release, the Waukee Police Department received a call at about 6:38 p.m. Tuesday on a suspicious gray minivan in the area of the 400 block of Gray Avenue. Officers were unable to locate any vehicle matching that description.
Police talked with two fourth-grade girls, who said they left the park at the end of Fourth Street, which is a dead end, before 7 p.m. The girls turned onto Gray Avenue one block north of the park and noticed a vehicle turning behind them. The girls arrived home and ran into the house. The vehicle went to the end of Gray Avenue cul-de-sac and turned around.
The girls gave a description of a balding older man with white hair wearing a blue polo-type shirt and driving a silver four-door SUV, cross-over type.
The driver did not slow down, stop or say anything to the girls. One of the girl’s mothers had just talked with them earlier about strangers and being safe.
Below is the press release that Adel Police putout. There is no similarity to the Waukee call, police said, but they will be watching for this vehicle in our city.
In both of these cases the kids did the right things, Waukee police said.
Adel Police Department Release
The police department received a call for service yesterday, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 5 p.m. in regards to a child who was approached at the corner of North 14th Street and Grove Street. Two individuals, one female and one male, in a gray minivan stopped at the corner of North 14th and Grove Street and asked the 11-year-old boy if he wanted a ride and if he wanted candy.
The boy told the two individuals “No” and walked home. The minivan drove away and the youth told his mother of the incident; she called police.