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Man approaches children with offer of doggie ride

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Winnipeg police issued parents a warning after a distressed mother reported a stranger asked her kids "to take his dog for a ride" in a suspicious encounter.

Police said they were called to the scene of the encounter about 7 p.m. Friday at a store on Keewatin Street and Burrows Avenue.

What happened there Friday evening should concern every parent, police said.

The mother said she briefly went inside the store while her four children waited outside. They ran in after her in a panic after they said an unknown man in his 40s or 50s came up to them after she was inside. The man asked the two older children if they would like "his dog to take their two younger siblings for a ride," police said.

The four instead took off into the store for their mother, who called police and reported the incident.

The kids were unharmed. The man was described as medium build, with a five o'clock shadow and short salt-and-pepper hair. He was wearing a large black sweater and blue jeans.

The dog is described as being gold in colour with a red body collar.

The vehicle is described as white, with a Jeep-style body with four doors and a black curved stripe at the rear quarter panel.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 7, 2013 B3

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