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Patrols increased after youngster offered candy

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An extra deputy will patrol a Center Grove area neighborhood after a boy told police a vehicle stopped and a passenger offered him candy.

The boy told police someone in a car offered him candy while he was walking home at about 3 p.m. Friday. The boy said he was walking south on Ramblin Road when a gray car that looked like a Buick LeSabre or a Ford Taurus pulled up next to him and a passenger asked if he wanted some candy, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

The passenger was a teenager, had light brown hair and was wearing a blue sweatshirt, the report said. The boy could not give the police a description of the driver, the report said.

Neither the passenger nor the driver got out of the car, the report said. The boy continued walking, and the car drove away.

Sheriff Doug Cox said the sheriff’s office takes all reports about incidents such as this seriously and has sent an extra deputy to patrol the neighborhood.

The incident could have been a prank, Cox said. If it was, the sheriff’s office still wants to find the driver and passenger of the car, he said.

“We need to put a stop to it, even if it was just a prank,” Cox said.

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