Local children may be being targeted by a man in a van

The Pierce Township Police Department is asking for community assistance and is stepping up patrols after three recent incidents of suspicious activity towards young children between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The first incident occurred on Feb. 20 in the 1100 block of Hunter’s Run. In this instance, an older light grey van followed a 12-year-old girl as she walked down the street with her dog. The vehicle may have had Ohio Bicentennial license plates and had rust on the bottom of the van.

The windows were tinted and there were no side windows. There was no contact with the driver and no description of the driver.

The second incident occurred on Feb. 23. After a child exited a school bus, he observed a white van with rust and the presence of the van made him feel uncomfortable; he immediately ran home.

The third incident occurred on Feb. 28, in the Hopper Hill Farm area. In this incident, a man in a silver minivan stopped a 10 year old girl and asked her to help him find his dog; the girl told him no and ran to a friend’s home. The driver was described as a white male, 40-50 years of age, bald, wearing thick, black rimmed glasses.

The Pierce Township Police Department has forwarded the above information to law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Ohio asking for any information that may further the investigations. If anyone observes this vehicle or any type of suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 immediately and provide as much information to the dispatcher as possible.

If anyone has any information about this situation, contact Pierce Township Detectives Michael Buckler or Bryan Burke at (513) 752-4100 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.