A driver of a suspicious vehicle in the Cedarday neighborhood in Bel Air last month turned out to be a grandmother dropping off her children from school, not someone trying to lure children into her car, according to police.
When doing a patrol check of the community around 3 p.m. Friday, deputies saw the vehicle described by witnesses – a gold Honda van. Deputies spoke to the driver, who told police she picks up her grandchildren a few days out of the week and drops them off at a home in Cedarday, according to a press release Wednesday afternoon from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
The driver told police that the night before, on May 9, she had been made aware of the incident in Cedarday by the local news media and believed it was her vehicle the children saw.
Detectives contacted the families who had reported this incident and after viewing photos of the vehicle, they identified it as the vehicle they reported seeing.
Deputies determined the driver had not attempted to lure the children and no crime had been committed, according to the release.
On April 24, a parent in the neighborhood reported that a man driving a van chased three children - a 10-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy – as they were walking home from their school bus stop.
"The parents reported their children were dropped off by the school bus on Cedarday Drive. While walking home, a van followed behind the children," spokesman Edward Hopkins said. "The driver of the van reportedly yelled to the children to come to the van. The children did not respond and began running to their respective homes. The van reportedly had sped up to keep pace with the children."
A man was driving the van during the incident, but police at the time said neighbors reported sometimes seeing a woman in the van.
Deputies said that even though no crime had been committed, they reiterated that the children made the right choice by telling their parents of something they thought suspicious and their parents did the right thing reporting it to police.