Police in two counties were investigating attempted abductions of boys about the same time Friday, authorities said yesterday.
Law enforcement officials in Howard and Harford counties said they had no indication that the incidents were related.
An 11-year-old student of Howard County's Glenwood Middle School reported that he was approached by a maroon GMC sport utility vehicle shortly after getting off a school bus on Hipsley Mill Road in Woodbine about 2:50 p.m., county police said. The boy told police he heard a man ask for help finding a lost puppy. The boy said he could not see the man's face because the window was tinted and lowered only a few inches. The boy ran home and told his mother, who called police.
Howard County police said patrols in the area have been increased, and asked that anyone with information call 410-313-3200.
In Bel Air, an 8-year-old boy was walking home from his bus stop in the 500 block of E. Broadway about 3 p.m. Friday when he was approached by a man in a red pickup truck, the Harford County sheriff's office said. The truck's driver, opened his door and asked the boy to help find a lost cat. The boy ran home and told his mother, who called police. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Northern Precinct at 410-692-7880.