Police investigate reported incident at Westminster bus stop

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report that a man in a "construction-type work van" approached a male student near his Westminster bus stop Tuesday and asked if he would like a ride to school.

Police said in a news release Friday that deputies have been conducting frequent checks of bus stops around the lower Westminster and South Carroll area, but that it appears to have been an isolated incident.

According to police, a juvenile male was approached in the morning hours of Dec. 3 near his bus stop in the 1300 block of Wyndale Road by a heavyset white male in an "older style construction-type work van."

The man asked if the boy would like a ride to school. The boy refused and ran back toward his home, police said.

Police also received a report that the man then exited his van and walked toward the area where the boy ran, according to the release.

Since the reported incident, the Sheriff's Office said it has not received further reports of similar activity that would indicate that there is a threat to any students or other subjects that may be at bus stops or traveling on county roadways.

Frequent patrol checks will continue to be made at bus stops, schools, and county roadways, police said.

If citizens witness any suspicious activity, they are asked to contact 911 or the Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900.

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