by Trail Champion on Wednesday January 25 2023
Police are asking residents to keep their eyes open for two vehicles involved in two incidents involving suspicious strangers and children, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On Jan. 23, at 6 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a report of a man driving a dark blue 2014 Chevrolet Express van bearing Alberta license plate CKZ7820 was allegedly slowly following behind two elementary-school-aged girls on Highway Drive in Trail (Glenmerry). The incident occurred approximately two hours before the RCMP was contacted," Wicentowich said.
"Officers were not able to locate the man and his van. The man was described as having darker coloured skin.
"On Jan. 24 at 1:36 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a second report of a suspicious man driving a blue/black older model truck who approached a Trail woman (the day before) and her two young children on Nelson Avenue in Trail. The man parked his truck on the road before exiting to make contact with the woman and her children. He allegedly smelled the woman’s hair and ask her if she had a husband. The man then attempted to engaged her son in a conversation by asking him where he lived and if he liked gifts. The woman noticed that the interior of the truck contained children’s toys and books, and the truck bed contained several garbage bags. The interaction ended without further incident."
He said RCMP officers conducted patrols but were unable to locate the man and his truck.
"The truck was described as a black or blue older model Ford Ranger or Chevrolet S10. The man was described as 36-45 years old, scruffy looking, with dark, short, shaggy spiked hair, and dark coloured eyes.
"Trail and Greater District RCMP do not know if the incidents are connected and is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above described vehicles. If you should spot either vehicle, please contact the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566 to speak to an investigator."