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Salt Lake City police find 'suspicious' ice cream truck

Published October 14, 2013 5:20 pm

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Vigilant neighbors finally caught up with an ice cream truck that the Salt Lake City School District had alerted people about.

Earlier this month, police asked for the public's help finding the truck and its operator after reports that it had been possibly trolling areas around Salt Lake School District elementary schools. Monday afternoon, people saw the truck near 2nd Avenue and U Street and called police.

The driver is not suspected of any crime, said police spokeswoman Robin Heiden.

"No crime has been committed that we know of," Heiden said. The driver is voluntarily talking to the police, who are only investigating the case as a suspicious circumstance, she said.

District spokesman Jason Olson previously said a warning about the ice cream truck sent out to parents on Oct. 4 originated with an incident reported to a principal at Wasatch Elementary, near 1200 East and South Temple, last month. A mother told the principal that the driver of a music-playing, white-mini van with ice cream signs on its panels was driving around school grounds approaching children when no adults were present.

When the woman attempted to approach the driver, he drove away.

Olson said there had been a similar report from a principal at an otherwise unidentified west Salt Lake City elementary school.

There have been no reports of children being harmed or lured into the vehicle, but authorities are nonetheless concerned.

Heiden gave kudos to the neighbors for paying attention and calling the police when they see suspicious vehicles.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

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