WEST CALN >> Police received two separate reports of a man possibly attempting to lure children into his van, at one point by inviting them to see his puppy. However, police said the investigation showed that there was no criminal activity.
West Caln Township Police Department received a report at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from a resident in the 1700 block of Telegraph Road about a suspicious vehicle in the area. The resident reported to police that it was the second consecutive day they noticed a white van in the area near children at a school bus stop.
The resident reported to police on Tuesday morning that they observed a white van near the bus stop. They did not recognize the driver, and added that they saw a dog in the front passenger seat. West Caln police on Wednesday said that the reporting party indicated that there was similar activity on Monday in the same area where the driver in a white van had approached children asking them to come toward his van and see his puppy. Police did not receive other reports regarding that incident on Telegraph Road.
However, police received information about another incident regarding another possible attempt to lure children to a vehicle matching the said van. It was determined that it was the same driver and vehicle.
West Caln police officers were contacted on Tuesday at about 3:30 p.m. by staff at Kings Highway Elementary School, of the Coatesville Area School District, who told police that a school bus driver observed suspicious activity involving a white van in the area of Lammey Road and Compass Road (Route 10). The bus driver indicated that while she was stopped in the area of Compass Road, a white van had pulled behind the school bus and several students on the bus told her that they saw a young white man, under the age of 18, run from the back of the van. The bus driver indicated that she did see a young man described as wearing tan clothing running south on Compass Road. She noted that the minor would have had to come from the rear of the bus and the location of the van. The bus driver described the van as having “very bright, round headlights.”
West Caln Police Chief Curt A. Martinez said his officers investigated the activities that reportedly occurred on Monday and Tuesday, and they interviewed the driver about the matter. Martinez said the investigation determined that no children were approached or contacted in an inappropriate manner and no criminal conduct occurred.
“The West Caln Township Police Department wishes to thank all persons assisting this agency with the investigation,” the department said in a statement. “West Caln Township Police Department encourages those with children to review proper bus safety procedures as well as the appropriate response when encountering strangers.
Police additionally worked with the bus company to find potential video regarding the incident. Martinez said no other reports of suspicious activity or missing persons have been filed.
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