Suspicious activity reported near school bus stop in San Tan Valley

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle near a school bus stop in San Tan Valley.

A school bus driver contacted the sheriff's office around 7:40 a.m. Thursday and reported suspicious activity near a bus stop on North Honeysuckle Drive, according to PCSO spokesman Jim Knupp. The bus driver felt the driver of a white van may have been trying to lure children to get into the vehicle.

The bus stop serves Magma Ranch Elementary School students.

Deputies learned that there was a Facebook posting several days ago that warned of a suspicious white van in the area.

A student who was walking to her school bus stop Thursday morning observed a white, older model Volkswagen-type van drive by her. Knupp said the vehicle continued in the same direction it was traveling and the girl did not observe the driver attempt to stop, talk to or lure her in any manner.

The student was wary of the vehicle and turned around and ran in the other direction. She was able to catch her bus and make it to school.

"Though posts on social media suggest there was a report on Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, this represents the first known report to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office involving a vehicle matching this description," Knupp said in a news release.

"The Pinal County Sheriff's Office takes these types of situations seriously and we will continue to actively investigate," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Parents and the public are reminded to remain vigilant as to any suspicious activity, especially when it involves our children."