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Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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Halton Police are alerting the public following two incidents in Oakville where young children were approached by men in a vehicle.

On June 28, 2013 shortly before 8:00 p.m., a young boy was riding his bicycle in the area of West Oak Trails Boulevard and Fourth Line when a vehicle approached him, attempting to block his path. The driver of the vehicle motioned for the boy to come closer, but the boy rode off.

The occupants of the vehicle were described as white and 35 to 45 years of age. The driver had a long white beard, long blonde hair and was wearing a red and blue bandana across his forehead. The passenger had a short goatee, long hair and was wearing a white and black t-shirt.

The vehicle was described as a dark green Econo style van.

The second incident occurred on July 2, 2013 at 8:50 p.m., when a young girl was walking in the area of West Oak Trails Boulevard and Calloway Drive.

A vehicle pulled up near her and the driver offered her candy in exchange for directions. The girl ran off, seeking refuge in a nearby business.

The occupants of the vehicle were described as white and 40 to 50 years of age. The driver had a short grey goatee, was tanned and wearing a dark coloured baseball cap. The passenger had a fair complexion with a long white beard and was wearing a red baseball cap.

The vehicle in this incident was described as a white cargo or panel type van, similar to a Ford Econoline or GMC Safari van.

The Halton Regional Police encourage parents and caregivers to discuss personal safety with their children, including:

• to not go anywhere with a stranger and do not accept rides for any reason
• Advise an adult of any suspicious strangers right away
• Always notify their parents where they are and where they are going

Additional ‘Street-proofing’ information can be found on our website at under the Community Policing tab.

The Halton Regional Police are continuing their investigation into these incidents and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2215, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through the web at or by texting ‘Tip201’ with your message to 274637(crimes).

Contact: Detective Maureen Martin, Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825-4747 x2219



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Readers Comments (6)

  1. tyler says:

    This article was just posted, but the dates of both incidents are from 2013?

    • Nolan Machan says:

      This article was posted in July of 2013.

      • Jon McFee says:

        The year is a typo

        • Nolan Machan says:

          The date is correct: July 2013.

    • Beata says:

      Yes, this happened last summer (2013) near my home. But it doesn’t hurt to remind our kids to stick together and be wary of strangers.

    • Crystal says:

      This exact incident did happen a year ago as well. Same location, description of men and van.


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