Suspicious van report leads police to issue important reminders

Police received a report about a suspicious white van driving slowly around Comox.

  • Sep. 23, 2020 2:30 p.m.

Comox Valley RCMP received a report about a suspicious white van driving slowly around Denman, Cortez, and Dogwood streets in Comox. Black Press file photo

Comox Valley RCMP are reminding residents to talk to children in their care about strangers after receiving a report about a suspicious van near children in Comox.

On Sept. 23, 2020 police received a report about a suspicious white van driving slowly around Denman, Cortez, and Dogwood streets in Comox one day earlier in the early afternoon. A woman told police that she was out with her two children when they were approached by two different men associated with a white van with chrome bumpers. The men reportedly tried to engage her children in conversation and were asking them personal questions.

The driver of the van was described to police as a South Asian man with a goatee, clean-cut hair, average height. The other man was described to police as a South Asian man, 5’8 to 5’11”, slender build, clean-cut and clean-shaven, smoking a cigarette, wearing aviator glasses.

“It is important to report these suspicious activities to police right away. If suspicious activity is not reported, we cannot be expected to know about it, to respond to it or to warn residents,” said Const. Monika Terragni of the Comox Valley RCMP.

“We do not monitor social media for police reports since anyone can post anything without any sort of truth verification. When someone calls police and makes a report, we will conduct an investigation which lends to the credibility of the report and potentially identifies safety concerns within our community,” she added.

This situation is a reminder for parents to reinforce basic safety principles with their children.

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking children and parents to report any suspicious activities immediately. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

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