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Third case of possible child luring reported in West Kelowna

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December 03, 2019 - 3:31 PM

A third suspicious encounter involving male drivers trying to lure young people happened yesterday in West Kelowna.

RCMP say it happened around 6 p.m. yesterday, Dec. 3, when a 15-year-old male was in a parking lot in the 1700 block of Ross Road in West Kelowna when a man drove up to him in a red minivan and asked him a question.

Not being able to hear the question, the youth walked towards the van. The man asked if he wanted to get into the van. The youth declined and left the area.

A 10-year-old girl was offered a ride by a man in a silver vehicle on Sunday, Dec. 1 and an 11-year-old girl was similarly approached by a man in blue car on Nov. 27.

The driver in yesterday’s incident was a Caucasian in his 30s with a full beard and no mustache. He was wearing a black baseball cap and driving a newer red boxy style mini van.

“West Kelowna RCMP would like to speak with this male in hopes to clarify what events transpired,” RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith said in a news release. “At this point in the investigation, our officers are unable to confirm if this interaction was related to other recent reports and therefore we will continue to assess all evidentiary avenues."

When out walking alone, the police suggest you keep your head up, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings, take note of the people, businesses and sources of assistance in the area and avoid a person or a situation which does not feel safe.

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