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Suspicious man reported in Somerset

On Monday Dec. 8, police were alerted to a situation in Somerset Township.

Three elementary students, ages 11, 10 and 5, were approached by a man in a green pickup truck after exiting their school bus in the 800 block of 160th Avenue.

The middle-aged man, who was driving a green Ford pickup, told the kids to get in his truck and he would drive them home.

When they responded "no," the man became irritated, according to a released from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department.

The man asked the kids again if they wanted a ride before driving away.

It's unknown if the man lives in the area, said Chief Deputy John Shilts.

The St. Croix Sheriff's Department has no leads on the case, he said.

"It sure is good that those kids didn't get in the truck," he said. "Someone taught them well."

The truck is described as a green, newer, extended cab with loud exhaust and no topper. A partial Wisconsin License Plate of "915" or "951" was obtained by one of the juveniles, according to the release.

Anyone will additional information or who sees the above described vehicle is encouraged to contact law enforcement officers, Shilts said.

According to a letter to parents from Morrie Veilleux, district administrator, students in sixth through 12th grade were verbally notified of the situation at school. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade were sent home with a letter to parents.

"We would ask that you take time tonight to discuss and remind your children of the safety precautions we want them to take if they are approached by strangers," the letter said.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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