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Medina County police departments investigating reports of suspicious driver taking photos of children

Parents are asked to record any suspicious activity with their smartphones, then immediately notify local law enforcement.

MONTVILLE, Ohio — The Montville Police Department is investigating reports about a driver in a black Dodge Challenger acting suspiciously towards children. 

In a Facebook post, Montville police report that several law enforcement agencies in Medina County have received calls during the last six months about the driver going slow while young children are outside playing. The driver has also been reported to be blocking intersections and taking photos of children. 

The Challenger has a silver gas cap, Ohio license plates, and damage to the back driver's side bumper. A similar looking car to the suspect vehicle can be seen in the video above. 

"The calls and messages from alarmed parents have not gone unnoticed and law enforcement agencies, including this one, are familiar with these concerns. We are working collaboratively with our neighboring law enforcement agencies to do everything that we can, within the limits of the law, to ensure that nefarious activity does not occur," Montville police stated in their Facebook post. 

Parents in housing developments in the central and eastern part of Medina County are being urged to keep an eye out for a vehicle matching the description above. Police ask parents to please record any suspicions activity with your smartphone, then immediately notify your local law enforcement agency, so that officers or deputies can be dispatched. 

Residents are asked to call police first before simply posting photos and videos on social media pages. 

"Please note that we are not asking for the public's help in identifying the person or vehicle mentioned, instead we are asking for the public's help by calling us, and recording any suspicious activities of the driver," Montville police added.

To contact law enforcement in Granger, Guilford, Hinckley and Sharon Townships, call the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 330-725-6631. To contact law enforcement in Medina or Montville Townships, please call the Medina dispatch center at 330-725-7777. To contact law enforcement in Brunswick or Brunswick Hills Township, call the Brunswick dispatch center at 330-225-9111.  

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