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Police say children approached by strangers in two separate Middle River incidents

By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun

7:56 AM EDT, March 26, 2014

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Baltimore County Police are investigating two separate incidents in Middle River late last week where children reported being approached by strange men.

At around 6:05 p.m. March 21, a 10-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl walking a dog near Carrollwood Road and Cutter Cover when two men in a white pickup truck drove up to them, police said. The driver of the vehicle yelled "go get them," police said, and the children then ran to hide behind some trees.

The girl told police that she heard one of the vehicle occupants saying "where did they go? I can't find them" before the suspects drove away from the scene.

The truck was described as a newer model white vehicle with green lettering on the sides and a cracked windshield. Both vehicle occupants were men in their 30s wearing hats. Police said one suspect has a light beard.

In another incident, which police said isn't related to the first case, a 10-year-old girl noticed a small silver SUV acting suspiciously on the lot of Oliver Beach Elementary School.

Around 4 p.m. March 22, the vehicle drove past the girl, backed up past her and then drove around the bus loop about three times before leaving the area, police said. The driver was described as a man in his 30s with a short beard or goatee wearing a mechanic style shirt with the name "Robbie" on it.

The girl told investigators that the man did not speak with her nor anyone else.

A witness reported that he had seen the SUV, which he described as a 2000s GMC of Chevy Trailblazer with a gold tint.

nadavis@baltsun.com