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Police: Alleged stranger danger incidents were misunderstandings

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Investigators now say two alleged stranger danger incidents in the city of Grand Blanc were not criminal in any manner. 

The first incident happened about 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Wine Barrel Party Store at the corner of Belsay and Perry Road.

An 11-year-old student was in the store with two other students when he was approached by a man. The man asked the student if he had lost his wallet and offered the student $2 to meet him outside to get his wallet back, police said.

The student told police the man exited the store and he and his friends left later. When they exited the store they did not see the man.

Police said the student thought the man was trying to lure him outside.

The second incident happened later in the day Thursday as students got off the school bus. It happened on Francesca Drive.

Two students were approached by a man in a dark blue two-door car, police said. The students described the man as having curly dark hair.

The man allegedly asked the students if their parents were home as they walked toward their house. As the students walked inside their house the man asked them if they were getting their parents, police said.

The students did not speak to the man, but instead went inside and locked the door. The man stayed outside and took pictures of the house before leaving, police said.

Police say by publishing information about the incidents, they were able to learn more from residents who called in to give more information. Their investigation found the situations were not criminal in manner. 

"We publish this information so people can be informed of suspicious situations. We feel obligated to inform the citizens of situations that are suspicious as the citizens may have further information about or may know to be on the lookout for potential dangerous situations. In this case the public was informed and, thanks to the citizens, further information was found. Social media is a quick way for us to disseminate the information to keep people safe and can help us in our investigations as in this matter. However, people must realize that we live in a society where investigations take place and there is process to determine innocence and guilt. With this information provided, we have investigated and found the incident to be not criminal," City of Grand Blanc Police Department posted on Facebook. 

The department said they are proud of the children who came forward about the reports. 

"To children these events are scary," the department said. "This is a very suspicious situation and the kids made the right call by telling their parents and notifying the police. We want all situations to be reported so they can be investigated and so the information can be disseminated to possibly prevent people becoming a victim."

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