Predator on the prowl near Pinellas County schools

12:21 AM, Feb 21, 2014   |    comments
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Largo, Florida - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is putting out a warning to parents about a man who has been making lewd comments and acting inappropriately to students to and on their way from school.

According to investigators, the man has approached children on multiple occasion in a pickup truck, which detectives have yet to identify with a specific description.

The first incident was reported back in October with the most recent happening this week.

A sheriff's office spokesperson said that descriptions of the suspect varied so much that it was not clear until recently that all the incidents were connected.

The lack of a concrete description of whoever is doing this has created a hurdle for investigators because they don't know exactly what their suspect looks like.

Parents at schools in Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin and Seminole are urged to be on the look-out.

A sheriff's office spokesperson is not releasing the names of the schools where the incidents took place because they fear it may jeopardize their investigation.

They do say that parents will receive an automated message from the principal if your child's school is one of those affected.

Principals at 20 schools are sending out robo-calls to parents that urge them to talk to their kids.

"I got my two daughters. They walk home together and I talk to them about how to be vigilant," said Michelle Ford.

If you have information that can help with the investigation, call Detective Mark Kolenda of the Crimes Against Children Unit at (727)582-6200 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or

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