Russell OPP seek scruffy man inviting children to his woodworking shop

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EMBRUN — Russell County OPP say they would like to speak with a scruffy man in his 50s who has solicited local parents to drop off children to play in his garage woodworking shop, also offering his telephone number as part of the pitch.

The detachment received a complaint Nov. 19 about a suspicious, unidentified male making exactly that proposition to a mother and her young children at the Metro grocery store in Casselman. She declined, as did two other families with young children who were approached at the Embrun Dollarama store on Nov. 20.

Believing the incidents involve the same man, police are interested in speaking with this individual. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying him, or having him contact police directly.

He’s described as a Caucasian man in his 50s, approximately 6 to 6’2” in height, English-speaking without an accent, and wearing a light coat, sweater, jeans and white running shoes. They also say he has grey hair with some curl and scruffy facial hair.

Anyone knowing the man’s identity, or having any further information about this incident, is asked to contact Detective Constable Tammy Barnes of the Russell County OPP at 613-443-4499 or OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.

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