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Boys say strange man tried to lure them into his truck

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A man in a black pickup truck yelled, 'Get in the truck' to two boys as they walked home from a bus stop.

Two elementary school boys were walking home from a bus stop the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 17 when an unfamiliar man driving a pickup truck pulled up beside them and said, 'Get in the truck,' according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office news release.

The boys yelled loudly and ran home, and the truck sped off.

The boys told their parents, saying that the driver of the truck was black and about 20-30 years old. The truck was black with chrome wheels. The boys were at Rolling Sands Drive and Roxboro Drive when he stopped beside them.

“These boys did the right thing by removing themselves from danger and telling an adult they can trust,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “Please talk about personal safety with your children. Remind them to always use the ‘buddy’ system and walk with a friend or parent. It is important that they are aware of their surroundings, don’t talk to strangers, and report suspicious activity to a trusted adult, the police or the Sheriff’s Office.”

Deputies were able to get surveillance footage showing a truck that matched the description of the one the boys had seen and was in the area at about the time the boys were dropped off by the school bus.

The Sheriff's Office has not gotten other similar reports, according to the news release. Deputies have been patrolling the area to identify the pickup truck and the suspect.

The Sheriff's Office has asked anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 referencing case number 2018-5333. Or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers tipsters may be eligible for a reward up to $5,000. 

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