The town is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of interacting with strangers after receiving at least three reports of men approaching kids in the last few days.
Wake Forest police received reports of two men in an SUV speaking to children along Samuel Wait Lane and Lariat Ridge Drive, according to town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
In at least one case, Crabtree said, the men asked children if they wanted a ride home. In another case, they asked about a missing kitten.
Authorities believe the men were in a gray or silver four-door SUV. They think the passenger side of the vehicle is damaged, and the passenger-side mirror is missing.
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The passenger of the SUV is described as a white man between the ages of 18 and 24 with blonde or brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. The driver is described as a white man, but other identifying characteristics are unknown.
Crabtree said police have received at least three reports about the men, and possibly a couple more.
“We’re just trying to encourage parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe,” Crabtree said.
If children are approached by suspicious strangers, he said, they should run away and tell an adult.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. Callers can remain anonymous.