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ESCO receives report of suspicious man approaching kids


The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a white male in a white SUV who approached two kids on Thursday in the Stonegate Subdivision in Bloomingdale and tried to get them to get in his SUV.

The man is described as a middle age or older man with short gray hair and glasses.

The sheriff's office plans on increasing patrols in the area around the Stonegate neighborhood after getting the report of the man approaching two children.

Parents are also taking a proactive approach by educating their children about the danger in talking to strangers.

"It's important as a single mom to be in an environment where I feel safe and comfortable and so my kids can be kids," said mother Courtney Peterson. "So when I found this out, it was scary. I wanted to make sure my kids are safe."

Peterson moved to Stonegate two years ago because she felt safe raising her two young children, but a recent incident has her on edge.

"There was a man in a white SUV who approached two of our residents' children that were walking down the street, and he told them that he killed a snake around the corner and he wanted them to get in the car so he could take thrm around the corner and show them," Peterson said. "Luckily, their parents did a good job and they ran away from the man."

Peterson said she is grateful those kids knew what to do, but others may have not made the same choice to walk away.

The community is coming together to educate their children with the assistance of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

"Our concern here is if we have somebody suspicious in these neighborhoods approaching children, we need to know about it and try to identify the person," said ECSO Public Information Officer David Ehsanipoor. "It's not to cause panic, but to inform the public into suspicious activity and the public can provide more information if this person goes back to the neighborhood. "

Parents plan on gathering the children and parents on Sunday at 6 p.m. to make sure the children are aware of which adults are safe to talk to.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Effingham County Sheriff's Office at 912-754-3449.

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