Spring Hill police investigate stranger approaching children
Spring Hill police told News 2 a man in a van approached a boy in a parking lot and tried to lure him with candy.
A man in a van also approached a girl after her tennis lesson.
SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Police in Spring Hill are warning parents to talk to their children about strangers after two children were approached by a suspicious man who, in one case, offered candy.
In one instance, a 10-year-old boy was playing with friends in an Autozone parking lot when he separated from the crowd.
Spring Hill detective Michael Foster said, "A white, conversion-style van approached him with a white male driver. The driver asked the child if he wanted any candy the child replied, 'Yes throw it out the window,' at which point the man rolled up his window and followed the child a little bit."
The boy immediately went home and told a parent, who then called police.
A few days earlier, on February 13, police told News 2 a 13-year-old girl had just finished tennis lessons at the Longview Recreational Center when a man in a van offered to keep her warm while she waited on her mother.
Foster said, "We just want people to talk to their kids and let them know what to do and what not to do when they come in contact with strangers."
In both cases, the children immediately told an adult about what happened.
Police told News 2 while they are concerned they hope the incidents will get the community talking.
"I think it will open the door and let people talk to their children about what's going on and how to prevent this from happening and what to do if it happens," he said.
In the meantime, the Spring Hill Police Department is keeping a lookout for the suspicious van.
"We're having all of the patrol guys watch out on the bus routes and if we see anything, obviously we'll stop and check it out," said Foster.