Lubbock Police address “suspicious white van” social media posts

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After seeing reports of “suspicious white vans” on social media platforms, the Lubbock Police Department responded with a post of its own on Tuesday.

The department is investigating all claims, but it also pointed out that no crimes have been committed at this time.

LPD said at least two of the widely shared posts were from 2017, but they were shared again to seem like they were recently posted. In other cases, officers reached out to van owners but found no crimes had been committed. 

The Lubbock Police Department also thanked the community for remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity.

View LPD’s post on Facebook here or read it below.

In light of several social media posts circulating Facebook and Nextdoor, we want to address the reports of suspicious activity involving a white van. We are and have been looking into these posts.

Several posts mention a white van driving slowly in a neighborhood, while others mention a white van where the driver tries to talk to children or women. It does not appear to be the same van mentioned in each of the posts, and it could be several vans completely unrelated to one another.

At least two posts being circulated from Nextdoor (Quincy Park & Monterey neighborhoods) were made in January and August of 2017. These posts are being reshared making it seem as if there are more recent reports. One of those posts specifically gives a license plate of the van. After making contact with the van owner, we do not believe he is connected to any crimes.

We also had a report of a suspicious white minivan in the parking lot of the mall on October 3rd. Our officers made contact with the occupants of the van – a mother and her son – and there wasn’t anything suspicious.

On October 9th, we received a report that a child was waiting for a school bus when a newer model white van pulled up, honked and motioned for the child to come to him. The child then ran back to her home. Even though no crime was committed, we have assigned a detective to the case to investigate. The detective has been in contact with the family and will continue to follow up on any possible leads to identify the driver.

There was a post on October 13th about an old van with occupants acting suspicious near Amigos. Our officers were unable to locate that van, however it doesn’t appear to be related to the case above.

At this time, while there has been suspicious activity reported, there has not been a crime. That doesn’t mean we won’t investigate, and we do take these suspicious calls very seriously. They don’t always end up being suspicious like a few of these posts, but we are thankful to have a community who stays vigilant and reaches out to us when they’re concerned.

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