Police seek man who tried to lure girls to Jeep

    Were two young girls potential kidnap victims as they got off a school bus near their Longs area home last Thursday afternoon?
    Horry County Police Department officers are looking for the driver of a black Jeep Cherokee, described as a “suspicious vehicle,” after the appearance of an adult prompted the rapid departure of the SUV, a department news release said.
    Two 9-year-old girls told police the Cherokee pulled up just after they got off the school bus on Loop Circle about 3:30 p.m. last Thursday, a report by Officer Christopher Brian Hunt said.
    With bobbleheads bobbing in the window, the Jeep stopped and its driver, described as an older white man with a white beard, spoke to the girls.
    “The girls said the man tried to lure them toward the vehicle with promises to show them a kitten,” the news release said.
    As the man spoke, the girl’s grandfather stepped into view, and the Jeep “sped off towards highway 905,” the report said.
    Police believe the man was wearing a gray/blue shirt and blue jeans at the time, the news release said.
    “Horry County Police have been looking for the suspect since this incident we are asking the public to be alert for him and the black Jeep Cherokee,” the news release said. “Anyone having information about this suspect is asked to contact the police at 843-248-1520.”

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