Suspicious man reported near Newberry schools
NEWBERRY, Fla. -- Patrols have increased after Alachua County Sheriff's deputies were notified of a suspicious truck following children home in the areas surrounding Newberry Elementary and Oak View Middle schools.
With no luck locating the man in question, deputies are now turning to you for help.
"The contact could be completely innocent, we don't know," Sgt. Brandon Kutner explains.
Parent Joseph Wheaton says he's concerned.
"There's good people everywhere and a couple of bad people everywhere as well."
According to deputies, children have been reporting a man following them in a late model black Chevy pickup truck while they walked to or from school.
Witnesses say they're looking for a middle aged black or hispanic male with a light complexion, freckled and has black hair with grey streaks. He could have a mustache and is driving a truck.
Children he followed say the truck is lowered with tinted windows and silver rims.
Although the actions are suspicious, deputies say no criminal act has been committed. They suggest parents having a talk with their children about how to stay safe while walking to and from school.
"Change your direction, walk back to they way you came," Kutner says.
Most importantly, call for help.
"If they're approached by anyone in a vehicle that they don't recognize that's not a family member - that's a stranger - have your child call 911."
Deputies are increasing patrols in that area during school hours. School staff, resource deputies and crossing guards are all on guard for suspicious activity.
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