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Warning from the sheriff: Stranger in pickup truck offers ride to 13 year old girl

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A Center Township girl is reporting having been approached by a stranger in a pickup truck on Thursday and offered a ride, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

According to police, at 12:15 p.m. the 13-year-old girl was dropped off at her bus stop, in the area of Burlington Beach Road and Charles Street, on the last day of school. She was then approached by a male subject in a white pickup truck who asked her “Do you want to go somewhere with me?”

The girl refused a ride and, fearful, ran home and immediately told her mother, police said.

Officers from the PCSP and the Valparaiso Police Department were on the scene within four minutes, flooding the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The subject was described as a white male, possibly in his thirties, with short stubby blond or brown hair, clean shaven, with no visible tattoos and wearing a reflective vest, police said. He was the pickup truck’s sole occupant and spoke to the girl through the passenger’s side window.

The truck itself had a dark blue or black interior, an empty bed with no work box, and small scratches along the passenger’s side door, police said.

“There are no further incidents reported in this area,” police added. “However, as summer approaches, we remind everyone to be mindful of their surroundings and to report any suspicious incidents similar to this immediately.”



Posted 6/1/2018





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