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Police units responded Dec. 7 to Valley Lee for the report of a suspicious incident involving an alleged suspect in a white van attempting to contact children at a bus stop. The incident was forwarded to the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations for a follow-up investigation.

On Dec. 10, detectives from the BCI, Special Victims Unit, interviewed multiple witnesses who were at or near the bus stop when the alleged incident occurred. Following the investigation it was determined the incident had been fabricated by two elementary school-age children.

“Although this particular report was fabricated, the safety and security of our children is paramount,” Capt. Terry Black said in a statement. “We continue to encourage parents and students to report all suspicious activity and/or individuals.”

JESSE YEATMAN