SCHENECTADY - The city police department is investigating reports of a suspicious van approaching children in Schenectady, the school district said Wednesday.
City police also confirmed the investigation and indicated they are working with the district.
The reports center around a man and a woman in a van stopping and asking children about a puppy, the district said. The reports centered on areas around the district's Martin Luther King Jr. and Pleasant Valley schools, the district said on Facebook.
"Their behavior is reportedly suspicious," the district wrote mid-morning. "We are working to gather more information. If you have any information or your child has been approached, please call your child's school."
The district's post had been shared more than 300 times by 1 p.m.
Police later posted to their own Facebook page about the incident and referenced reports of a "light colored van driving up to juveniles and attempting to engage them in conversation."
"At this time we have not received information that the occupants of this vehicle have attempted to lure the children into the van, but the alleged conversations are suspicious and we are taking these reports seriously," police wrote.
Police also asked that parents contact police at 911 or 518-630-0911 if their child has had any suspicious interactions with individuals driving the vehicle.
Police offered a limited further description of the van as a "white and/or silver work van, occupied by a male and female and/or multiple males and females."
The district also asked parents to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings, stay away from cars and to only talk to people they know.
Good afternoon. We've recently received calls and have been made aware of several social media posts circulating...Posted by Schenectady Police Department on Wednesday, November 13, 2019