Crime

Troy Police get more reports of man in red truck photographing kids

Troy Police have received multiple reports of a man in a red truck taking pictures of children in public.

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons said the first report came back in December, but after posting information on social media, every red truck was being reported, so they took it down. However, there have since been two more reports of a man in a red truck stopping and taking pictures of children.

Unfortunately, the only real description the police have to pursue is “red truck.”

“The kids have been doing the right thing and leaving immediately,” Parsons said. “The good news is, they’re safe. The bad news is, we don’t have much to go on.”

Parsons said the truck has been seen at all areas of town and at various times. “There’s no common location or timing,” he said.

There has been no report of the man getting out of his truck or trying to lure children to his vehicle, Parsons said.

Police are reminding parents to have conversations with their children on how to react when a stranger stops or tries to interact with them. “We tell them to run and get home, and if you don’t know (the person) for goodness’ sakes, don’t go to them,” Parsons said.

Anyone who sees the truck or observes suspicious behavior near children can call the Troy Police Department at 667-6731.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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