Suspicious motorist reports labeled contradictory
According to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office officials, reports in the past several months of a person attempting to entice children into his vehicle have been contradictory and difficult to confirm.
Four reports made at the sheriff’s department since November have alleged that an individual in a white truck has attempted to lure children into his vehicle.
“Part of the problem we’re having is that the only consistency in these reports is the color of the truck,” Deputy Terry Oates said.
He said trucks reported have included a white full-size Ford pickup, a Toyota pickup, with a camper shell, without a camper shell, with rust spots or without rust spots. Sightings are also inconsistent in regard to license plate, with some reporting Nevada plates and others California.
Some of the confusion may be caused by the fact that children have been told by their parents to look out for a white truck, so they report whenever they see one, Oates said.
Drivers of trucks reported have also been described in a variety of ways – white and middle aged in an initial report, a young white man later, and also as two Hispanic males.
“None of these reports have indicated that the person got out of his vehicle, touched a kid or tried to grab a kid,” Oates said.
He said because of the lack of consistency between reports, it is difficult to assess their validity.
“If someone files a report, we take it seriously and we look into it,” he said. “But we cannot develop a suspect or a suspect vehicle based on the information we have received.”
He said the sole consistency in the reports – the description of a white truck – would be in line with children being warned repeatedly to watch out for a white pickup.
Otherwise, he said there is no evidence that the reported incidents in recent months are related. Oates said the best advice for children is to practice common-sense safety, as they should normally.
“Make kids aware of safety rules,” he said. “Tell them not to go anywhere with strangers.”
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