RNC say reports of Avalon candy-creepers are false

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says reports of strangers attempting to lure children into their vehicles with treats have proven to be false.

Police say social media blew whole thing out of proportion

RNC Const. Steve Curnew says their investigation into three reports of attempted child luring using candy or treats on the Northeast Avalon found nothing criminal in nature.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says reports of strangers attempting to lure children into their vehicles last week using candy or treats have proven to be false, although at least one parent on the Northeast Avalon is not buying what police have to say about the role of social media. 

Const. Steve Curnew says after finding and contacting the suspects in question, they've determined that nothing criminal took place.

"Some of the information that has come in to us has involved licence plates and good descriptions of the vehicles," he told reporters Monday afternoon.

"We have spoken to these people and have seen that there's no wrongdoing here on any part," Curnew continued.

Last week the RNC issued a warning to parents and children about three reports that they received of a person or persons in a dark-coloured Jeep and/or truck luring kids near their vehicles.

The incidents were reported to have happened on May 31, June 1 and June 2 in Mount Pearl, the Goulds area of St. John's and the Village mall neighbourhood in St. John's.

Curnew blamed social media for blowing the whole thing out of proportion.

"We think that social media has taken this and has really blown it out of proportion," said Curnew, adding that social media "has created a lot of panic in parents which there shouldn't be panic."

Mother still has concerns

But at least one mother from the Southlands neighbourhood in St. John's disagrees that social media caused the problem, and is still wary of what police found.

Jacinta Cameron said she used Facebook to warn people after her 10-year-old said he was recently approached one Saturday morning.

"And in those few minutes he was by himself, he was stopped on the main road in our neighbourhood by a vehicle," she said.

"There was a man in the vehicle and he said to my son, 'I have a slushie in my car if you would like to come get it,'" said Cameron.

Meanwhile, Curnew said one complaint about a driver acting suspiciously in a neighbourhood turned out to be someone who was visiting a relative, but had never been to the street in that specific incident before.

Despite the finding, police are still asking anyone to report any activity that they think may be suspicious in nature, including a vehicle and its licence plate number.