Wheeling and Buffalo Grove Police, on Alert After 2 Suspected Attempted Child Luring Incidents, Ask Public to Be Alert for Suspicious Black Sedan

Police in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove Police have been on the lookout for a suspicious person in a black car believed to be driving up to children waiting at school bus stops or disembarking school buses after school. According to Buffalo Grove police, none of the incidents happened in Buffalo Grove, but patrols have increased around Buffalo Grove schools to help find the reported car said to be involved in an incident Tuesday afternoon, in addition to an incident on February 3, 2020.

Wheeling police initially notified residents about the first Attempted Child Luring on February 4, 2020 at 3:21 p.m. Emails were also sent out to parents of affected school districts.

According to a news release, from the Wheeling Police Department dated February 27, 2020, the first attempted child luring incident took place on Monday afternoon February 3, 2020 involving an 8-year-old student, who had just disembarked from a school bus in the block of 500 Fairway View Drive in Wheeling near Fairway Greens Apartments just south of McHenry Road and Walmart. According to Wheeling police, the child told trusted adults that the driver was in a black sedan and tried to get the child into his car by telling a fabricated story. Wheeling police said the child refused and ran home, adding that the student’s school district was notified, and an email was sent to all parents in the district.

Wheeling police are also investigating a second child luring attempt reported to have occurred early Tuesday afternoon, February 25, 2020. the suspicious incident occurred when the elementary school student disembarked their school bus on Lexington Drive near Deerpath Court in the Lexington Commons neighborhood, which is just north of McHenry Road and just east of the Fairway Green Apartments. According to police, the child told trusted adults the driver was in a black sedan and tried to get the child into his car by telling a fabricated story. The child refused and ran home, according to the Wheeling police report.

“As an additional reminder – the student is safe today because she ignored the subject’s false statements and told trusted adults about the situation,”

— Wheeling Police Department

Wheeling police also asked adults to please remind children about safety surrounding before and after school hours, and make sure they know to never talk to or go up to a stranger.

In a Facebook post at 10:49 a.m. on Thursday February 27, 2020, the Village of Buffalo Grove posted an alert on the official Buffalo Grove Facebook page that police were aware of the incidents nearby in Wheeling.

The Village of Buffalo Grove Facebook post, which shared a copy of the Wheeling news release, stated that Buffalo Grove Police are also aware of a suspicious driver in a black sedan believed to be approaching children waiting at school bus stops or exiting buses after school.

The statement added that although none of the incidents have occurred in Buffalo Grove, patrols have increased around Buffalo Grove schools to help locate the vehicle. Buffalo Grove police encourage parents and caretakers to stay with children as they wait for the bus, and greet them when they return home.

The Buffalo Grove police also urged homeowners with video recording systems near school bus stops are asked to check their stored video for any instances that may match the described acts and call 911. Please also asked that residents immediately call 911 immediately if they see a dark colored sedan acting in a suspicious manner.

Although Buffalo Grove police asked residents to check video images stored on cameras that are in the proximity of bus stops, some video security systems only have capability to store videos for 24 hours. Ring stores up to 60 days for $3 per month per camera, but doesn’t store any video if customers don’t order one of their optional Ring Video Recording Plans.

Buffalo Grove police encouraged parents and caretakers to stay with children as they wait for the bus, and greet them when they return after school.

Wheeling Police are also asking citizens to call 911 immediately if a suspicious dark-colored car is sighted. Anyone with video or information regarding the incident is urged to please call the Wheeling Police Department at 847-459-2632.

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