The Findlay Police Department is warning the public to be on alert after four reports were taken of suspicious activity within 10 days and appear to be related. Police have questioned three people in connection to the investigation.
Various people have encountered a man who was trying to get them to follow him, get into a car with him, or look at his dog. The people who have been approached range in age from small children, through teenagers, to older adults.
An incident reported on April 28 around 4:30 p.m. in the area of South Main and Sixth streets, described the suspect as an older, white male, ages 45 to 50, with short, dark hair and a scruffy or unshaved face. He was driving an older, white, full-sized, four-door vehicle, possibly a Cadillac. It was further described as boxy. This white male had a smaller dog with him and offered for the person to look at the animal.
In an incident on May 3 around 2:45 p.m. in the area of South Main Street and Hobart Avenue, a male around 20 years old with brown hair and a goatee, was reported in a rusty, red, full-sized Chevrolet 4x4 pickup truck, when he approached a teenager. The suspect offered to give the teen a ride home, but the teen refused.
In an incident just days later on May 6, around 4:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Summit Street, a suspect described as a tan-skinned white male, approximately 20 to 30 years old, wearing a dark-colored ball hat, was driving a white, full-size, older, 1990s-style, four-door Cadillac or Buick. This suspect offered for some juveniles to look at his dog. However, he was scared away by nearby adults who saw the incident happening.
One day later on May 7, around 8 a.m. at Western Avenue and West Main Cross Street, a white, thin-built male, wearing a dark-colored ball hat and sunglasses, was driving a full-sized, white, four-door car and was holding a dog up to the window, motioning for an adult driver in a nearby vehicle to follow him. The adult refused and drove away.
No license plate information was obtained in any of the incidents.
The FPD wants to remind parents to speak with their children about being approached by strangers and what actions to take.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call the Findlay Police Department or the Findlay-Hancock County Crimestoppers at 419-425-TIPS.
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