Police: Man told girls to 'get in the van' in child luring attempt in Inver Grove Heights

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday.
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Police are on the lookout for a brown conversion van with black stripes and green curtains that could be connected to a child luring attempt in Inver Grove Heights. 

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday when two girls, ages 10 and 12, were walking in the area of 65th St. and Bonner Court. The girls told police that the van drove past, made a U-turn and pulled up to them. 

The man driving the van asked the girls if they knew who "G" was. The girls did not, so the man asked if they'd get in the van and help him find "G." The girls again said no, prompting the man to say: "Get in the van." 

That's when the girls' stepfather opened the door to their residence and the driver of the van left, going west on 65th St. 

Officers patrolled surrounding neighborhoods, searching around schools and businesses, but did not locate the van. 

Van driver description: Heavyset Hispanic man in his mid-40s and was wearing a blue plaid shirt. 

Van description: Late 1990s, early 2000s conversion van. It was brown with black stripes and green curtains. 

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Increased police presence will be provided in the area and investigators are working with police throughout the metro to find out if any similar incidents have been reported elsewhere. 

Parents are also encouraged to talk to their children about being safe: 

  • Kids should tell a trusted adult if they're approached by a stranger. 
  • Kids should never get into a stranger's vehicle or go inside a stranger's home. 
  • If approached by a stranger near a school, kids should immediately tell a staff member. 

Any suspicious activity should be reported to police by calling 911. 

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