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Child luring incidents reported in Country Homes area

Deputies are investigating two possible child luring calls in the Country Homes area, but they don’t believe either is related.

On Tuesday, a 7-year-old girl said she was approached by a vehicle with three boys and one girl who appeared to be teenagers and “were all wearing black masks over their faces,” according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies contacted the girl’s mother in the area of 9000 N. Country Homes Blvd., where she said the girl and her other daughter, age 11, were taking the garbage out about 8 p.m. when the older girl went inside to get help lifting the lid on the garbage can. That’s when he 7-year-old was approached by a car similar to a Pacifica Crossover, the woman told deputies. The girl said the occupants said they had five puppies in the car and asked her if she wanted to go with them. She screamed and the car left.

Then on Wednesday, a man in the area of 12800 N. Dakota Road told deputies his 7-, 9- and 11-year-old children were playing in a dirt area near their house around 3:30 p.m. when a newer green SUV arrived, driven by a man with a woman passenger inside. The man asked the children if they wanted candy, and the 11-year-old said “no, you’re a stranger,” the sheriff’s office said.

The man asked the children to get in his vehicle and help him look for a puppy, but the older sibling against side no and the three children walked away. The vehicle left northbound on Dakota Road.

Deputies don’t believe the incidents are related to other possible child luring reports in Spokane Valley recently.

“These all appear to be isolated incidents with different suspect and vehicle descriptions,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “Parents are encouraged to continue educating their children of steps to take when approached by strangers.”

Anyone with information on the reports is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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