Police Say Man That Approached Children At Bus Stop Committed No Crime

Earlier today, Sept 27, the New Castle County Division of Police notified the citizens of New Castle County of a suspicious vehicle investigation involving a silver van and a subject with a raccoon. After receiving numerous responses, officers were able to identify the driver of the van. Further investigation concluded that no crime had been committed nor was there any threat to the community.

“We would like to thank the members of the community for their vigilance in this matter.” read a statement.

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Yesterday, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the area of Roxeter Rd and Tavernier Dr, in the community of Castle Hills, for a report of a suspicious vehicle, according to police.

Officials said when the officers arrived at the scene they learned that a silver van driven by a white male pulled up to at least 5 teenagers waiting for the bus for William Penn HS.

Witnesses reported that he opened rear passenger sliding door and asked, “Did you guys lose your pet?” They then saw what appeared to be a raccoon in a cage in the back of the van, according to police.

The witnesses stated that said that no one said anything to him, and he closed the door, said have a nice day a drove off.

The patrol officers were able to locate the last witness last night and were able to establish that none of the witnesses were asked or told by the driver to get into the van.

This investigation is still ongoing. If you can identify the driver of the van or have any information regarding this investigation, please contact call the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800.

Citizens can also text a tip anonymously simply by texting the number 847411 keyword: NCCDE. You can also submit a tip via our website athttp://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

The New Castle County Division of Police would also like to remind citizens, especially parents, to remain vigilant. Please, remind children to avoid suspicious people and vehicles, and encourage your children to tell a trusted adult about anything suspicious they may see.

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