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PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
of an attempted child abduction in Port Clinton have police there asking the
public to keep an eye out.
sisters, ages 8 and 10, are safe because they did what they were taught and ran
to an adult when confronted with "stranger danger." Now police are trying to
make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.
van started to execute the turn, was going very slow, almost came to a stop,
and the driver said to the 8-year-old, ‘Hey, I just bought a puppy. Would you
help me find it?'" explained Sgt. Corbin Carpenter of the Port Clinton Police
happened Sunday evening, when the girls were laying outside near the intersection
of East 10th Street and Jefferson Street. A white van with five
males inside approached the girls.
Carpenter says the girls immediately went and told their grandfather.
very satisfying to know what we do and what the school does, trying to keep the
kids protected, that it does sink in," he said. "They retain that and they're
able to identify, ‘This isn't right, I don't know this person, and I need to
girls said the van was an older model, white, with windows all around and rust
above the wheels. They described the driver as a white male with short, dark
nearby witness also confirmed what the girls described. Now police need help
from the public.
an eye out for this vehicle, and hopefully we can avoid any tragedy down the
road," Carpenter said. "Yes, we'd like to catch the person, but first and
foremost, we like to keep the kids protected."
anyone has any information, they're asked to call the Port Clinton Police at