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Schools alerted after man told girls to get in his van

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Police in northwest suburban Park Ridge are investigating two recent incidents involving suspicious men around children, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Both incidents happened April 11. In the first incident, police responded to Messiah Lutheran Child Care Center, 1605 Vernon Ave., after staff reported that a man in his 30s or 40s had been sitting inside a four-door, brown sedan, watching the children play during recess around 10 a.m.

Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said no crime occurred and there was nothing else suspicious about the man, other than the fact that some staff members claimed to have seen him on prior occasions as well.

Police alerted schools in the area of the incident, Jogmen said.

Later that day, two 12-year-old girls were walking home from school on Chester near Belle Plaine avenues when they reported that a beige minivan pulled up near them and the male passenger, after opening the door, shouted, “Get in the car,” Jogmen said.

The girls became frightened and ran down the street while the van drove off west on Belle Plaine Avenue, police said.

Neither girl could describe the driver or the passenger of the vehicle, Jogmen said. Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the van.

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