Gas station employees prevent attempted child abduction

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UPDATE 3/21: The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve interviewed the subject at the center of Tuesday’s attempted child abduction attempt and says the report was unfounded.

Employees of a Mobil gas station in Stephenson County prevented an attempted child abduction on Sunday.

At approximately 9:17 p.m. at the Cedarville Mobile at 10 S. Stephenson Street in Cedarville, Illinois, a man in a white sweatshirt attempted to persuade a 13-year-old boy to come out to his truck with him. Store employees were able to stop that from happening.

The suspect’s truck is described as a smaller white pickup truck with a silver tool box in the back. The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the suspect.

Anyone with any information as to the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is urged to call the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office at 815-235-8257 or Crime Stoppers at 866-847-7669.

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