UPDATE: VEHICLE HAS BEEN LOCATED AND THE INCIDENT WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING.
Carteret County Sheriffs officials are asking parents to speak with their children about their personal safety and to be aware of their surroundings. This concern follows a report made on Wednesday at approximately 5:30pm when a twelve-year-old boy reported a suspicious vehicle driving in his neighborhood. The man driving the vehicle reportedly asked the boy “if it was time to go home” and then asked him to come over to his truck. The boy fled and the child’s parents did exactly what they were supposed to do by immediately calling law enforcement to report the incident.
The vehicle in question was witnessed on both Coldwater Drive and Echo Ridge Drive off of Pathfinder Lane in Peletier. The vehicle was described as a large white truck, possibly a Ford F-350 model, with chrome rims and bronze trim running across the bottom. The vehicle may have rear tinted windows with a triangular type sticker on the back glass. Major Jason Wank, Chief Detective of the Sheriff’s Office says “it’s hard to determine the exact motives of the operator of the truck without more information”. Our office is investigating this matter and we are asking the public for assistance in identifying this vehicle.
Wank reminds all residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings. “With it getting dark earlier encourage your children to play in groups. Report any suspicious people or vehicles, or activity to law enforcement. Report the license plate number to 911 if it is safe to do so”.
Deputies have been in contact with Onslow County Sheriffs officials about a similar incident that occurred in Hubert on November 5, 2015. Detectives have compared notes and the two cases may be unrelated. Report suspicious activity to (252) 726- 1911.