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St. Johns Sheriff's Office determines suspicious van at school bus stops involved nothing illicit

Posted: August 27, 2014 - 5:21pm

Concerns over a suspicious white van around St. Johns County school bus stops have been determined to be unrelated and nothing inappropriate, the Sheriff's Office said.

In the first report Friday a 14-year-old girl said a white van followed her after she got off her bus near Florida 16 and Rues Landing Road. The investigation found that the man was apparently talking on his cellphone and there was no attempt to make contact with the student, the Sheriff's Office said.

In Monday's report at Crookshank Elementary, the school received a phone call about a white van circling a bus stop. Investigators said a mother was walking home after accompanying her child to a bus stop when it began to rain. The van stopped and the driver asked if the woman needed a ride. Nothing was determined to be in appropriate.

For Tuesday's report, two girls said a white van drove past them several times around Pearl Street, then stopped and appeared to take photographs of them. The driver was identified and voluntarily agreed to be interviewed. He said he recalls seeing the girls and that he was holidng his phone at the time. He let investigators inspect the phone, which had nothing illicit, the Sheriff's Office said.

 
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