Danedri Thompson
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Gardner Police are still tracking leads following a Dec. 4 report that a subject confronted a juvenile in the front yard of a home in St. John’s Trace subdivision, near 171st Street and Osage Street.
Law enforcement requested the public’s help after 10-year-old girl was approached by a white male subject demanding to know her name.
Acting Gardner Police Captain Jay Belcher said police continue to investigate leads provided by the public.
“Any lead we get we’re following,” he said.
The girl reported that the subject had a shiny silver object, which may have been a knife, in his right hand. The male walked to the side of the girl’s residence and looked over the fence.
Police are investigating all leads, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.
“A small tidbit of information could be what breaks a case wide open,” he said. “We want to make sure that we don’t miss an opportunity.”
The subject is a white male with a long, white beard. He was wearing an orange, baseball cap, a light blue shirt with a circular logo in the center, a tan or brown coat, and black, combat-style boots.
He drove away in a truck with a white camper with windows on the side of it and a dent on the passenger side just behind the door.
The police department sent information about the incident to other area law enforcement to see if they’d had similar reports. The police have not had any similar reports from other residents or from other local law enforcement jurisdictions.
Still, Belcher said parents should remain vigilant.
“I believe our community is safe,” he said. “As a parent, I think you need to exercise good judgment making sure your children are OK. You don’t want to put your guard down, because you never know.”