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Suspicious subjects reported near Clintonville schools

Police warn community of two suspicious men in car

The following press release was just released Thursday morning, Jan. 7, by the Clintonville Police Department.

In the past 24 hours, the Clintonville Police Department has received three reports of suspicious subjects in a vehicle near St. Martin Parochial School and Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville.

The initial report indicated that two students, while walking to the Clintonville Public Library on Wednesday at approximately 11:50 a.m., were approached by two males in a car, asking for directions to Highway M. A St. Martin student reported seeing the same described subjects and vehicle on South Clinton Avenue near Rexford/Longfellow Elementary at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

Police also received a report today that two teachers from Rexford/Longfellow Elementary observed a suspicious vehicle parked near the south end of the playground on 6th Street on Monday, Jan. 4, and the operator appeared to be taking photos of the playground area with a tablet.

The Clintonville Police Department has sent notification to the schools and asked that parents be notified to use extra caution when dropping off or picking up their children at the schools. In addition, the Clintonville Police Department has stepped up patrol in the areas of the schools to watch for and investigate any suspicious subjects in the area. Teachers and staff at the schools have been asked to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

The suspect vehicle is a small, gray or silver car with lots of rust along the bottom. The driver is a male Caucasian with glasses and a long gray or white beard. The passenger is an adult Caucasian male.

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