Suspicious male, wearing balaclava, approaches children walking home from school in Rockland

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ROCKLAND — A suspicious person approached children with talk of gingerbread as they walked home from school in Rockland, near a path by the village water tower, warn Russell County OPP.

The detachment received a complaint about the unidentified male — who wore a black balaclava —  around 2:25 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Police say he asked the children in English if they wanted to follow him home to get gingerbread houses. They ran away and were not pursued.

He also wore a black toque, black leather jacket, black “magic” mitts, and black tight-fitting pants or leggings — possibly jogging pants — tucked into black lace-up boots reaching almost to his knees.

Police also report he stood between 5’8” and 6 feet tall, with medium build, weighed approximately 170 to 200 pounds, spoke English with a deep voice, and carried a black garbage bag.

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