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CANTON (CBS Detroit) At least three incidents involving strangers acting suspiciously near children have police in this suburban community on alert. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools notified parents of the incidents via their emergency phone contact system.

Most recently, a suspicious person driving a dark gray or black four-door car with dark tinted windows approached a student at 3:12 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Discovery Middle School, 45083 Hanford Road.

The suspect, described as a white male with light colored hair, rolled his window down a few inches exposing only a portion of his face and motioned the child toward the car. There were no words spoken to indicate the man’s intentions.

Other witnesses reported seeing a black, four-door car with tinted windows playing loud music in the same area the day before.

It is unknown if this incident is connected with an incident reported to the Plymouth Police Department on
Tuesday, October 2, in the area of Central Middle School. In that incident, a four-door silver vehicle followed and then pulled in front of a student.

The vehicle’s windows were down and the driver exposed himself. The student pulled out a cell phone and the suspect immediately left the area. The suspected was described as a white male approximately 40-50 years old, with a scruffy beard and sandy brown hair. The driver never spoke.

Similarly, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, Canton police took a report of a white male in his 50s, exposing himself while crossing the street in front of a school bus in the area of Seabrook and Kensington. The man was described as having a stocky build, wearing khaki pants and a white shirt.

“We are unsure which, if any, of the three incidents are related but regardless, we are asking the community to
be on alert, and report any suspicious activity they may observe to the police department,” says Special
Service Sgt. Patrick Sullivan. “This could also be a good time for parents to remind their children about
stranger danger, walking in groups, and how to react if they are approached by a stranger.”

To report suspicious activity, contact the Canton Police Department at 734-394-5400.

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