The Milford Police Department has received three reports of suspicious vehicles/persons attempting to solicit young children while they were not in the presence of an adult. The first incident occurred on 01/27/2016 while a juvenile waited for the bus at a residence on Staytonville Rd in Lincoln. The juvenile advised that a white male (possibly in his 40’s) with brown hair and unshaven wearing a black coat stopped in the area of the house and asked the student if they “needed a driver”. The juvenile reported that the suspect vehicle was a white minivan similar to a 2003 White Ford Windstar. The same white Ford Windstar was observed by two other juveniles at bus stops nearby. That particular incident is being investigated by the Delaware State Police. The second incident occurred on 01/30/2016 in the Milford Commons shopping center off of Rt 113. This incident involved an older model white minivan possibly a Dodge Caravan, where a white male in his 30’s attempted to solicit a juvenile out of a vehicle they were seated in alone and into his. The third incident occurred on 02/09/2016 at approximately 1540 hours, a juvenile was getting off of the bus in the area of Lakeview Ave and Hall Place when a tan older model Ford Windstar van operated by a white female with another white female passenger, pulled up to the juvenile and asked the child to meet them down the roadway by the old Milford Middle School. A witness reported seeing the van stop and talk to the juvenile and then drive off slowly. The witness believes the van had out of state white registration, possibly Maryland. All three suspect vehicles look similar in color and body style, with the exception that the victims are reporting possible different makes and models. We urge parents and children to be aware while outside and please report anything suspicious to the Milford Police Department or any agency where these vehicles may be spotted. Anyone with information regarding the incidents are asked to call 302.422.8081 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333. Tips can also be submitted to our MyPD App, Facebook, or Twitter at @MilfordPoliceDE.
Released by Sgt. Robert Masten
Attached are two similar vans that were identified by the victims.