A business owner sent a message to a man who allegedly attempts to lure children.
Some Fairfield County residents have been on edge since learning of the man driving a gray van. A teenage boy, who has been known to offer gifts to children in order to lure them to the van, accompanies the man.
Investigators said that the teenage boy approached one child in Violet Township on Sept. 30. The young boy said that the teenager attempted to lure him to the vehicle with gifts.
According to a post on the Pickerington Police Facebook page, the mini-van was described as a silver/gray Chrysler, possibly a Town and Country, with a front bug guard.
A vehicle matching the description was also reported to have slowed down to watch a child playing in front of a home near the Chevington North subdivision and state Route 204 on Oct. 5, the police department said.
The driver fled the scene quickly when an adult observed the van and approached it.
In each case, police said that the van was driven by an "older" white man and had a teenage boy in the passenger seat. Detailed descriptions were not available.
News of gray van sightings has become a popular topic of conversation on the Pickerington Police Facebook page.
On Monday, the police department featured a photo of a sign purchased by Kristy Bath, of Bella Cosmedica, that says, “Not Our Kids! We Are Watching You.” A description of the photo said that the sign was in response to the gray van.
Bath said that she wanted to send a red alert to parents about the incidents.
“My concern went to alarm when our daughter’s day care was completely unaware of the situation,” Bath said. “It spoke directly to me because it just as easily could have been our children.”
No children were injured during the incidents, but Bath said that she would not stand for any more.
“We are not going to stand idly by while they attempt to snatch away our children,” Bath said. “If this person decides to come back, there’s no question that they aren’t welcome here.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office at 614-322-5250 or the Pickerington Police Department at 614-575-6911.
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October 1, 2012: Deputies Investigate Reports Of Attempted Child Luring