Gridley Police investigating suspicious incidents towards students

Police in Gridley are stepping up their efforts to find out who is trying to lure high school students into their cars.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 5:45 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2021 7:32 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - Police in Gridley are working to get to the bottom of a series of incidents involving suspects attempting to lure high school students into cars.

Authorities say they have received five reports of that happening in the last month and they're asking parents to be an extra set of eyes and ears.

Investigators say these incidents do not appear to be related.

Police want the public to understand, these incidents are not attempted kidnappings, but rather students being approached by an unknown suspect, offering them rides. Police still said the trend is concerning and community members should be aware.

Of the five recent incidents, police said three of the drivers were Hispanic, one woman and two men.

There have been multiple vehicles described, including a blue Tahoe, a red sedan and a white Ford Taurus.

Joe Dunning has two daughters who attend Gridley High School, after hearing about the recent reports of strangers trying to lure students into cars, he's encouraging everyone to keep an eye out.

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"Let's get together as a community and try to step up and get more eyes and ears out there," Dunning said. "Watch for what's going on so that when kids are moving around to and from school they have more people in the community looking out for them."

Sergeant Scott Olsgard for Gridley Police Department said these incidents do not appear to be related however they are still actively investigating.

"We've combed the area extensively trying to locate these vehicles of description," Sergeant Olsgard said. "It could be anything so we try to ascertain if it's a concerned parent who knows about this activity going on and offers kids a ride home or it's actually somebody who has some kind of foul play in their mind."

Sergeant Olsgard said the public needs to be aware but wants them to know they are working diligently to locate these vehicles and the operators of these vehicles.

All of the incidents are still under investigation, Gridley Police Department wants to remind students to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

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