The Nevada County Sheriff's Department is alerting residents to suspicious circumstances involving a man in a red truck after receiving more than 20 such reports since mid-September.
On Sept. 14, a woman reported that a man had approached her daughter, a student at Magnolia Intermediate School near Lake of the Pines, as she was walking home from her school bus stop on the afternoon of Sept. 13 and told the girl to get in his vehicle. The man was reported to be driving an older model red Chevrolet long-bed pickup truck with a white stripe and faded paint. The suspect was described as a white man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a goatee.
Since that original report, the Nevada County Dispatch Center has taken 21 calls reporting suspicious circumstances involving a red truck, with sightings reported between the southern county line and Grass Valley. Sheriff's officials said many of the calls have not included enough information for law enforcement officers to be able to investigate.
The Sheriff's Department provided an abbreviated summary of some of the calls:
A suspicious man was reported sitting in an older red Chevy truck with Texas plates near a playground in Condon Park. He was described as white with brown hair.
A man in a red truck was reported at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital commenting to a female employee that she was attractive. He was described as white, in his 40s, with a black goatee and walking with a cane.
An Hispanic man in a red truck was reported driving slowly past a bus stop in Lake Wildwood.
Magnolia Intermediate School students reported an older model red pickup drove back and forth around a bus stop and the driver stared at students.
An older white man with gray hair and a mustache reportedly stopped and asked a young girl to help him find his puppy on Rattlesnake Road. He was reportedly driving a new red pickup truck with shiny paint.
A beat-up red truck with discoloration and occupied by a white man 30 to 35 years old, with dark fluffy hair and no facial hair reportedly approached a female juvenile on Dorsey Drive and asked if she wanted a ride.
A female juvenile called 911 and said a white man in his late 20s, with black hair and driving a red Chevy pickup attempted to pick her up on Segsworth Way.
A white man with a mustache was reported driving a mid-90s red truck slowly down South Church Street in Grass Valley.
Sheriff's officials said deputies and Grass Valley police have followed up on all leads, extra patrols are being conducted in areas where suspicious activities have been reported and known sex offenders with red trucks have been contacted. But authorities currently have no suspects.
They encourage parents to talk with their children about personal safety and advise them to be cautious with strangers.
Suspicious activities should be reported by calling (530) 265-7880, or 911 in an emergency.