Wednesday, January 7, 2009

White Van strikes again in Orland Park area -- driver solicits young child with candy

The Orland Hills Police Department issued the following alert through the local schools:

On January 6, 2009 at about 3 PM, an 11 year old boy was waiting for a bus at the corner of 92nd Avenue and Meadowview Drive.

He was approached by a male white driver in a white full sized panel van who asked him if he wanted some candy. The boy ran home and reported the incident to his father, who in turn, called the Orland Hills Police.

The only description of the driver is that he is a white male about 30 years old.

As always, please remind your children about the danders of talking to strangers.

As a result of this incident, the Police Department will increase the number of patrols using unmarked vehicles.

PLEASE REPORT suspicious activity to the Police Department by calling 911.

For further information, contact the Investigations Division of the Orland Hills Police at 708-349-4434.

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This is the fifth sighting of a white van involved in similar incidents over the past four months. The location above is just off 94th Avenue, south of 159th Street on the road that leads to the LifeTime Ftness Center.

Keep watch for any white vans acting suspiciously especially before and after school hours and near local schools.

-- Ray Hanania

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