HANSON (CBS) — Hanson Police have issued a warning about a suspicious man who approached children Saturday morning and asked them to get inside his van.
The incident happened around 9:50 a.m. on Whitman Street. Police said a 911 caller reported his son and a friend, who are under 12, were approached by a man who asked if they wanted any toys.READ MORE: Massachusetts gas prices reach new record high of $4.70 a gallon
“The children stated no, and then the man told one of the kids to ‘just get in’ to his van,” said police.
The kids ran off and told a parent.
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Police found video of a white work van in the area from neighbor Chris Stappen, who is a father of three girls.. The van may be a Ford E-Series E-250 cargo van with roof racks and running boards. According to the kids, there was rust on the van and some kind of writing on the back
“I don’t like it. There’s a marine corp flag flying here for a reason. I’m always telling my kids, all the time, ‘Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t go near cars,'” said Stappen. “They were riding their bikes and scooters. Just kids being kids.”
The van passed by the children once and then stopped on a second pass for a minute before the man talked to the kids, police said. It then drove off toward East Washington Street.
“It’s scary,” said neighbor Lauri Thomas. “It is really scary that that is happening just across the street.”MORE NEWS: Part of Route 1 in Saugus shut down after tractor-trailer crash
Anyone with information about the van or the driver should call police at 781-293-4625.