The Drew County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of a man prowling the Greenhill and Old Warren Road area of Drew County where the prowler actually spoke to a 3-year-old through a window and tried to coax the child to open the door of her home, according to Lt. Tim Nichols, a criminal investigator with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.
The child, according to Nichols’ report, got out of bed and tried to open the door for the man, but when unable to get the door unlocked she woke her parents and told them there was a man at the door. The child’s father then heard a noise outside the home. As he approached the door, he heard the man talking and lightly tapping on the door. When the man saw the child’s father, he ran away and disappeared into a wooded area.
That incident, which occurred between 2:45 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday, wasn’t the only one. A short while later, the prowler beat on the door of another residence. He told the resident he wanted a ride or to use the telephone. The resident allowed the man to use the phone, according to Nichols.
The resident later contacted the Drew County Sheriff’s Office and provided a description of the man.
The sheriff’s office patrolled the area Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, but observed nothing out of the ordinary until they received a call about a suspect who fit the description of the man provided by the earlier witness, Nichols said.
Nichols learned that the prowler had opened the door of a vehicle which alerted the homeowner. The homeowner went outside to investigate and saw the prowler kneeling behind another vehicle. When approached and ordered by the homeowner to “stop”, the man fled into the woods on foot.
Nichols said he learned that this type of activity has been going on for the last couple of months.
Due to the reports, patrols will be greatly increased throughout the area and Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober is advising residents to keep all doors and windows to both their homes and vehicles locked day and night.
“We also encourage parents to talk to their children regarding not opening the doors for strangers or even talking to them,” Gober said. “Please report any and all suspicious persons or activities to the sheriff’s office.”
Description of the suspect:
He is a white male, approximately 5’10” in height, and weighing approximately 140-150 pounds. He has sandy blonde or light brown hair and an oval-shaped tattoo (believed on the left forearm between the elbow and wrist). He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with old military style camo pants. He is believed to be in his mid 20s.
Anyone with any information or leads please contact the Drew County Sheriff’s Office at 367-6211.