Chesterfield parents asked to watch for suspicious man at bus stops

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UPDATE:Chesterfied police tell us they have identified the person some parents thought was suspicsious.  Police say he is a lawn care worker who had pulled over because of trouble with his pickup truck.  Police say there is absolutely, nothing suspicious about the man.

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-- Police are hoping to identify a suspicious person spotted near a number of bus stops in a Chesterfield neighborhood near Baxter and Clayton Roads.  Police received reports of an older, heavy-set, white male with gray hair and a gray beard.  He was driving a small maroon or burgundy pickup truck.

Police say even if there`s a perfectly good explanation for the man`s presence, they still applaud parents for reporting their suspicions.

"They`re the ones who know who belongs in the neighborhood and what cars belong in the neighborhood," said Chesterfield Police Lt. Mike Thompspon.  "When they see something that doesn`t fit, absolutely we want them to call us."

The Parkway School District sent out warnings to parents and students of schools in the area.  Here is the letter sent from Parkway West Middle School:

Dear Parents,

I want to make you aware that the Chesterfield Police Department is currently investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area. The vehicle is described as a small, maroon or burgundy pickup truck and the driver is an older, heavy set man with gray hair and, possibly, a gray beard. The reports vary, but on at least one occasion the man was seen walking outside the truck with the hood up.

If you know who this man is or have any information that could assist in the investigation, please contact the Chesterfield Police Department immediately at 636/537-3000. To our knowledge, the man has not attempted to contact any of our students but we wanted you to be aware as a precaution. Parkway`s Security Department and SROs are monitoring the situation closely and working with the police to determine whether we have any reason for concern. We have also let our bus drivers know so they can be on the lookout for this individual. You can help, too, by watching for this vehicle and reporting anything unusual to the police.

We will continue to be vigilant about protecting our students while they are in our care. I encourage you to spend a few minutes with your children and remind them about what to do if a stranger approaches or if they feel uncomfortable in any situation out in the community.

Absolutely nothing is more important to us than the safety of your child. Thanks for everything you do to help keep our students safe as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

Sincerely,

Linda A. Lelonek
Principal

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