Anyone witnessing suspicious activity is asked to call the police department at 919-554-6150.
Residents can also call 919-556-9111.
WAKE FOREST — Police are warning residents to continue to be on the alert for two males who have reportedly approached young children in two neighborhoods and to call police if any suspicious activity or persons are seen.
In the last week, Wake Forest police received reports of two individuals in a gray or silver four-door SUV offering rides to young children or asking for help finding a missing kitten.
The suspects were seen speaking to children along Samuel Wait Lane in Heritage, just off of Colonial Club Road and Lariat Ridge Drive in the Carriage Run neighborhood.
The SUV they are driving is reportedly damaged on the passenger side and is missing the passenger side mirror.
The driver is described as a white male, with not further identifying aspects known at this time.
The passenger is reportedly a white male between 18 and 24 years old with blonde/brown hair, and was seen wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.
The incident was first reported to social media by a resident located on Colonial Club Road and Samuel Waite Lane who posted on the Wake Forest Information Facebook page that his daughter and the daughter of a neighbor were asked if they “needed a ride.”
“These were separate incidents with a few days between them,” he wrote. “In both cases the girls ran so no one was harmed.”
The poster described the vehicles as being older model, silver, Tahoe-like and smaller than a Suburban.
Another poster said her neighbor’s children were asked by persons matching the description if they’d seen a grey kitten. When the children turned to get their mother (who was outside, but out of view of the suspects), the driver left the scene.
Wake Forest Police Spokesman Bill Crabtree said the police department has stepped up patrols in neighborhoods and is cooperating with other law enforcement agencies to try to locate the suspects.
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity is asked to call the police department at 919-554-6150, said Crabtree. The number is manned at all times. Residents can also call 919-556-9111.
Calling 911 will also alert authorities, but as the phone call is first routed through Raleigh-Wake911 before being transferred to Wake Forest, using either direct line will reach local police faster. Calls can remain anonymous.