Update: Revelstoke RCMP say suspected child luring incident explained, no danger

Revelstoke RCMP say four youths, who were offered candy by two individuals in a vehicle, took appropriate action by seeking out the help of nearby adults

Revelstoke RCMP are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen this van in the Arrow Heights neighbourhood on Saturday, Dec. 7. The occupants of the van offered four youths candy, however the youths went and sought out the help of nearby adults. Photo: Revelstoke RCMP

Update: 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9

Revelstoke RCMP say a concerning incident on Saturday when two people in a van offered candy to children has been explained, and that they are satisfied with that explanation.

Earlier today, Revelstoke police appealed for tips from the public after two people in a van offered candy to children near Queen Victoria Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Police say the owners of the van came forward after images of their van and a description of the concerning incident were made public via the media on Monday.

“The posted story has resulted in the driver of the vehicle in question identifying themselves to police and allowing for an adequate investigation which assured police that there were no nefarious intentions,” said Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky in a statement. “The driver has been questioned and police can confirm that this was merely a seasonal gesture which goes against all ‘stranger danger’ instruction that parents and schools have been teaching youth for years. The driver apologizes for his action and sees how this could be taken negatively.”

Police released the update on Monday evening, bringing the incident to a conclusion.

Original story, published Dec. 9

Revelstoke RCMP are commending the actions of four youths who were offered candy by strangers in a vehicle during an incident in Arrow Heights on Saturday. When approached by the strangers, the youths notified nearby adults.

The RCMP said in a statement that on Saturday, Dec. 7 at approximately 11 a.m. they received a report of a suspicious vehicle near Queen Victoria Hospital in the Arrow Heights neighbourhood. The driver is described as a 50- to 60-year-old man with a fuzzy gray beard. The second occupant of the vehicle was female; a description was not provided.

According to the report, the occupants of the vehicle repeatedly offered candy to four youths who were playing in the street. The man and woman in the vehicle threw chocolate out the window.

“The youth took appropriate action and advised nearby adults,” Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said in a statement.

A concerned adult also saw the incident take place and was able to take photographs of the vehicle, but at a considerable distance. Revelstoke RCMP said the vehicle in question appears to be an older model Ford Econoline van, dark blue with a silver ladder on the rear driver’s side door. The van had a BC license plate, but it is not legible in the photos.

Revelstoke RCMP conducted extensive patrols in the community seeking out the suspicious vehicle, but have been unable to locate it to date. Police are asking any witnesses or concerned persons are encouraged to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at the non-emergency number of 250-837-5255.

The police advise the public to not hesitate to report such incidents so that police can identify those involved and take action where possible.