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Troy Police Warn Of ‘Stranger Danger’ Near Wass Elementary School

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TROY (WWJ) – Troy Police are calling it a “Stranger Danger.” That’s after two 10-year-old boys say a man was watching them from his vehicle near Wass Elementary School on Friday, then again Tuesday morning.

Troy Police Lieutenant Robert Redmond said the boys ran away after the man tried to talk to them. His vehicle was parked near the corner of Highbury and Ivanhoe.

“Two days last week they saw this red car parked on the street, and then yesterday morning the car was there. They walked past it on to their post and while they were standing at their post, the guy had the window rolled down and he called over to them, ‘Why don’t you come over here, I have something for you to read,'” Redmond said.

The man is described as white, in his 40’s with brown hair and a goatee. The boys said the car is a small, shiny red four-door vehicle with a dent in the truck, a dent on side near the right turn signal and a blue license plate holder.

Lt. Redmond said the boys handled the situation well.

“They did a good job. I actually talked to them again this morning while they were at their post, and talked to them about grabbing the license plate if they see the car again, get the license plate number and just run down to the school and give us a call as fast as they can. The one kid was thinking ahead of me though, he had his cell phone ready and said ‘I’ll get a picture of it, don’t worry about it,'” Redmond said.

The Troy School District sent a letter home to parents advising them of this incident and will be conducting extra patrols around the schools.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477.

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