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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (STMW) — Police are warning residents about a possible attempted kidnapping in west suburban Sugar Grove.

On Tuesday afternoon in the Strafford Woods subdivision, an 11-year-old boy was approached by two people in a car who offered him candy, police said. Strafford Woods is on Sugar Grove’s near north side, off of Bliss Road, near Prestbury.

The boy told police that when the school bus dropped him off near his home at 3:45 p.m., he saw a red vehicle parked in a cul-de-sac. As he walked home, the vehicle pulled up next to him.

The boy said the driver was an elderly woman with gray hair and a pale complexion. A man in the passenger seat — also with gray hair — offered the boy candy, police said. The boy ran home and told his mother about the incident.

Police later received a call from an Aurora officer who lives in the Prestbury subdivision. Several residents, including the officer, had reported seeing a similar car in the neighborhood a week earlier. That car was described as a red SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer. Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer said the SUV was older and beat-up.

The description of the driver and the passenger were the same as reported by the boy, police said.

As far as police know, the driver of the car in Prestbury did not stop or talk to any children, Sizer said.

Anyone who may have seen the red SUV is asked to call Sugar Grove police at 630-466-4526.

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