Andover Police wrap up case quickly
Parents in the Andover school district received an email Thursday evening following a report of an 11-year-old girl being followed by a man and a woman in a white SUV.
The email contained the following message from the Andover Police Department:
“This evening we received notice from Andover PD that we feel should be shared with you. Below is a message from the Andover Police Chief:
This evening, sometime before 5 p.m., an 11-year old female in the Crescent Lakes Addition, near the park at Westchester and Woodstone, reported that while walking home she began being followed by a man and a woman in a white SUV. At one point the vehicle pulled alongside her and the female passenger in the vehicle opened the passenger door, at which point the young lady ran off. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes later after arriving home, the police were called. Officers immediately saturated the area but were unable to locate any suspects.”
Parents were encouraged to be vigilant and that extra officers would be in the neighborhoods over the next several days. Additionally, people were asked to report any suspicious vehicle or suspicious person(s), and to call 911 immediately.
Andover Police Chief Michael Keller stated, “Notifying police quickly significantly increases our chances of successfully keeping our community safe.
Student and staff safety is our top priority and we encourage you to notify the Police if you have any information or ever feel unsafe in our community."
Friday morning the case was resolved when police personnel were able through tips and leads from the public, track down a local business that was doing a holiday scavenger hut with their employees in the Crescent Lakes area. There were six vehicles involved, including a couple of white SUVs and a number of individuals. They were asked to take a photo of a girl walking. The 11-year-old girl was walking her dog when the couple in a white SUV approached her. She ran away, which was the right thing to do in that situation,” explained Chief Keller.
A similar incident had happened in the Green Valley area where a group of people approached a woman walking a dog.
“We started putting things together, and tracked down the business,” Keller said.
He advised that the local business has apologized to the family for the poor judgment by some employees.
Chief Keller reminded the community that at no time were any children in danger and that the Police Department will continue to maintain a presence in the neighborhoods.