Man attempts to lure Atascadero children into van
August 1, 2011
Sporting a long grey beard and driving a red Volkswagen van with surfboards on the roof, the man allegedly said he was a retired police officer. He then offered to give the youths a ride if they ever needed one, although he said they would have to ask their parents first, police said.
He drove off after the children refused his offer and two adults came out of their home to see what was going on.
The children first noticed the car driving past the home on the 6100 block of Los Gatos Road with a teen or young man perched in the passenger seat. When the van drove back to the house, the man was no longer sitting in the front seat.
The Atascadero Police Department issued an alert to law enforcement agencies throughout San Luis Obispo County to be on the lookout for the vehicle and the man, police said. Anyone who may have seen this subject and/or his vehicle is urged to contact law enforcement.