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White Van Spotted Near Wilton School, Police Say

The Wilton Police Department said a white panel van was spotted Monday afternoon, April 21, in the parking lot Miller-Driscoll School.
The Wilton Police Department said a white panel van was spotted Monday afternoon, April 21, in the parking lot Miller-Driscoll School. Photo Credit: File

WILTON, Conn. -- After a number of reports of suspicious vans near schools in many towns, the Wilton Police Department is informing the community that a white panel van was spotted Monday afternoon, April 21, in the parking lot Miller-Driscoll School, police said.

"The information is being released as a community awareness," said Lt. Donald Wakeman of the Wilton Police Department. "At this point it is unknown what the purpose or motive was for being in the school parking lot; however, the general description of the vehicle is similar to that of other vehicles observed in surrounding towns under suspicious circumstances over the last month."

The van at Miller-Driscoll was occupied by two males, who were possibly white, a police statement said.

The van was damaged on the passenger side and appeared to have Connecticut license plates, although the number was not known, police said.

Children were playing on a nearby playground at the time, but the men in the van never left the van, and they made no attempt to contact the children, police said.

The van left after a short time, police said. Its direction of travel was unknown.

Other reports of suspicious vans have been reported in Bethel, Redding, Fairfield, Norwalk and Westport, among other towns. Some of the reports have been discovered to be groundless.