By Herald staff
The community is being warned about two recent incidents in Penticton where children were offered rides by strangers.
"RCMP want to remind youth not to accept rides or anything else offered by strangers," RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said, Monday. "They should report this as soon as possible to their parents, school authorities or the police."
According to police, two 10-year-old boys were approached Sunday at 12:12 p.m. on Hadfield Avenue, near Colombia School. The boys saw what's described as an older-model Ford pick-up truck circling the area after the youths had spent the morning tobogganing at the schoolyard. When they began walking on a sidewalk, a Caucasian man got out of his vehicle and ordered the two to "get in the car." Fearful, the boys ran off into a nearby alley and the vehicle immediately left driving eastbound on Hadfield Avenue.
The boys notified their parents and RCMP conducted an immediate search of the area but the driver and vehicle could not be found.
The male is described as "younger looking" with spiked brown hair with gel in it, a skinny build and of average height between 5'8 and 6'0. He was wearing a black jacket. A female in the passenger's seat was described as "older" with black shoulder length hair. The truck itself is an older model with "FORD" written across the back in white lettering and with no canopy on the back.
A similar incident occurred Dec. 20 on Jermyn Avenue near KVR Middle School. A 13-year-old girl was offered a ride by a male and a female believed to be in their 20s. The teen declined their offer and the vehicle quickly departed. She described the vehicle as a "grey-coloured pick-up." It's unknown if the two incidents are related.
Officials with School District 67 have been notified of both incidents.
Police ask anyone with information about either incident to contact them at 250-492-4300.