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Pair of suspicious vehicles prompt alert

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.

A Petaluma girl who reported two suspicious vehicles circling around her as she walked home from school Wednesday afternoon has prompted a notice from local police reminding citizens to be on the alert.

The male drivers of the cars never attempted to communicate with the girl, and it remains unclear if she was at risk of harm, police said.

But authorities decided “to err on the side of caution” and make the public aware the incident, said Lt. Dan Fish.

The girl said she was walking on Western Avenue near Petaluma Junior High to Walnut Park near D Street around 3 p.m. Wednesday when she noticed the cars, a small, blue pickup with patches of missing paint and a white 4-door Volvo, repeatedly circling the area.

Both drivers were described as white men, around 30 years old.

The Volvo driver was bearded and wearing a white T-shirt and glasses, police said. The man in the pickup has a gray baseball hat and glasses.

It was unclear from a news release sent out Thursday morning if the girl was a student at the junior high.

But school Principal Renee Semik said she forwarded the notification from police to her staff and suggested it might be an opportune time to remind their students to be aware of their surroundings when traveling between home and school.

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