Justin police warn of suspicious pickup

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Justin police are warning residents of a suspicious pickup that’s been following female residents around town.

Police said the vehicle is believed to be a white, newer model, Chevrolet extended-cab pickup with amber exterior cab lights.

“So far, we have two female complainants and three separate incidents,” Chief Bill Brooks said Thursday afternoon.

The first report came in Monday, but the first incident occurred on Thursday, he said.

In one instance,  the suspect showed up as a carpet cleaning salesman and asked the female resident if the man of the house was home, Brooks said. When she indicated she was not interested,  the man --  believed to be 30-40-years-old -- reportedly placed his foot in the front door to keep the homeowner from closing it. The woman was eventually able to close the door, he said.

No license plates have yet been detected,  officials said.

“Nobody has seen the rear [of the pickup] though, so we don’t know for sure,” Brooks said.

The second and third incidents, police said, began last Thursday afternoon after a woman reported she was being followed. Three days later, she walked out of her home and saw the truck in her alleyway, prompting her to place a call to the police.

“Right now the safety of our citizens is our top concern,” Brooks said.

Officials said the two reports occurred at separate addresses.

Brooks said they are following social media leads about similar incidents that reportedly occurred in Tarrant County recently.

“We have placed calls to Fort Worth and Tarrant County, to see if they have any similarly reported cases,” he said. “We are actively looking for more leads.”

Police urge anyone who believes they are being followed to call 911 and travel to a well-populated area.

If anyone has any additional information, contact the Justin Police Department at 940-648-2911.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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