Airdrie RCMP is investigating two separate incidents Oct. 20 and 21 in which children reported being approached by drivers of vehicles, according to Alberta RCMP Media Spokesman Cpl. Curtis Peters.
“We’ve got two reports of something suspicious like that happening but no kids have been grabbed and we do not believe the two reported things are related; we’re not talking about one person in a van doing this,” he said. “The circumstances and the descriptions provided by the people involved in the two different files do not match.”
Peters was not able to provide details about the incidents, which he said continue to be under investigation.
In light of discussion online regarding the incidents, specifically in the Airdrie Wives Facebook group, Airdrie RCMP Detachment Commander Insp. Kimberley Pasloske said she was concerned misinformation was being shared.
“As a mother and as a part of this community, I can well appreciate the concern that people have with the reports that are out there right now,” Pasloske said. “Unfortunately, that concern can lead to sharing of incomplete or inaccurate information online which impedes the police investigation. I would ask that everyone refrain from sharing hearsay online and report any facts they have to our investigators so we can determine what took place in each of these incidents.”
According to Peters, the sharing of misinformation or incomplete information can have a negative impact on members of the public who may find themselves unfairly targeted online.
Since receiving the original complaints, RCMP has received several complaints regarding a man seen with a van near children. Peters said RCMP continues to investigate each of these reports and have identified several vans. However, RCMP has determined the drivers of the vehicles to be law-abiding residents going about their daily lives in Airdrie.