Police search for white van approaching kids

REDDING, Conn. (WTNH)– A scare for a teenage girl in Redding after she says a man in a white van came after her. The same thing happened in three other towns and police are telling parents and kids to be on the lookout.

Police say it happened Wednesday morning in Redding on Church Hill Road and then again 40 minutes later in Norwalk. A young girl in middle school was waiting for her bus when she was approached by a man in a white van, she turned, ran home and the parents called 911.

“It was very smart, not to engage the person and they did the appropriate thing so we could investigate it,” said Lt. Mark O’Donnell, Redding Police.

It didn’t take long, police put out word to the schools. They alerted the parents and pretty soon many in town knew what to look for.

“White van with a ladder rack with no ladder,” said Chris Leibold, Redding.

The exact description released by police is a white work style van, ladder rack, no ladder, dirty but in good condition, license plate last three digits CVW or CWV.

description of sketchy van

“It’s alarming. It is especially when you hear chasing a kid down the road. Any kid would be scared. Boy or girl would be scared having someone slow down and roll their window down,” said O’Donnell.

Police say that happened at about 8:30 in Redding. Forty minutes later there is another 911 call in Norwalk. Same thing, same color van approaches a young girl offering her some candy to get into the van. It also happened in Danbury and Bethel over the last couple of weeks.

“That’s pretty horrible. I don’t know what is wrong with these people,” said Leibold.

Police say since they put out word on the white van, there have been so many white van complaints. They say please take a look at the description if it has a ladder rack, is a little dirty, but in good condition and has no ladder in the rack, call police.

If it doesn’t fit the description, please don’t call.

“We don’t mind investigating. We don’t mind the calls, just as long as it fits the description that we put out,” said O’Donnell.

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