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Tips sought after an alleged child luring at a New West park

New West police are asking for video footage
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The New Westminster Police Department is appealing to the public to assist in providing CCTV or dash-cam footage that may help in an investigation of suspected child luring.

The incident occurred on Nov. 21 at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the area around Sapperton Park.

The call to police came after two boys were walking home from Sapperton Park. As the boys passed a parked, brown minivan, a man allegedly exited the passenger seat of the van, police said in a news release, and asked the boys if they’d like to see a puppy that was inside his van.

“The boys ran away to tell a trusted adult what happened,” said a police statement.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between 45 and 55 years of age, with a medium build and a short beard.

“We’re asking anyone who lives or drives through the area to please check to see if they have footage of the Sapperton Park area on November 21st between 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, specifically of Sherbrooke Street and Fader Street,” stated Sgt. Sanjay Kumar. “Investigators have been approaching local businesses in the area for footage and we are inviting the public to contribute any possible evidence they may have.”

If you believe you have CCTV or dash cam footage of the location and time specified above, you’re asked to download it and call Constable Dynes at the New Westminster Police Department referencing file number 21-18600.