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Rocklin police warn of minivan driver trying to pick up students

Rocklin police are alerting students and parents to recent reports of a driver of a minivan approaching students walking in the community.

Police said they have received two reports involving similar circumstances. In one case, two students were walking near the RC Willey store at 6636 Lonetree Blvd. when they were approached by an older-model minivan driven by an older man who was accompanied by a younger male passenger, possibly a teenager. The man told the students to get into the van, according to a Police Department news release. The students ran back to their school and reported the incident to staff members and police.

On Tuesday, a male student from Whitney High School, 701 Wildcat Blvd., was approached in the high school parking lot by an older man driving an older-model minivan, who asked the youth if he could take him to breakfast. The student refused and continued walking to his class. The man then drove away. The student thought the interaction was unusual and reported it to the school resource officer.

The description of the driver and the vehicle were similar in both incidents, police said. The man was described as white, in his late 40s or early 50s, with slightly gray hair and a shaggy or unshaven appearance. The vehicle was described as a gray or tan minivan.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the driver or his passenger can call the Rocklin Police Department at 916-625-5400.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy