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2 child luring reports in Chilliwack prompts warning for parents

05/20/2015 06:03 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT
Police in Chilliwack, B.C. are warning parents after two recent reports of attempted child luring.

The first incident occurred on April 30 in the northeast section of town. Police say an 11-year-old girl was playing outside when an older man drove up in a red van and offered her candy.

"Fortunately the young girl did the right thing and immediately ran away to a nearby friend's home," said Cpl. Mike Rail in a press release.

The suspect is described as having blue eyes and a long white beard. He was apparently wearing a black toque, a black long-sleeved shirt, and black sweat pants when he approached the child.

The second incident also occurred in the northeast section of town, on May 17 in the middle of the afternoon. Police say an older man driving a white mini-van offered a 12-year-old girl a ride. Fortunately, she too was able to run away.

The suspect in the second incident is described as being about 50 years old and having a long brown beard and medium build. He is said to have been wearing a reddish brown cowboy hat and a black long-sleeved shirt.

Police say they are investigating both incidents and are not sure yet if the two are connected. However, they say they are very concerned.

"We advise parents to review street proofing safety tips with their children, such as not to accept rides or gifts from strangers without checking with their parents first," said Rail.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at solvecrime.ca.

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