Geneva Police: No threat in van incident, driver works for the Boys and Girls Club

The man said the school told him to pick up the kids in his van

GENEVA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - UPDATE:  An employee of the Boys and Girls Club has routinely canvassed the area for children who may need transportation to school. 

The van in question was property of the Boys and Girls Clun and was being operated by an employee of the club. 

The information has been verified by the Geneva Police Department and the Geneva City School District has been notified.

The incident was unfounded. 

PREVIOUS: Geneva Police are looking for a man driving a large white van, who approached a group of young kids telling them that the “school told me to pick the kids up.”

According to police, three children, aged 5 to 7, were waiting for the bus when the man approached them around 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The mother of the children intervened and told the man that they wait for a different bus. The man then explained that he “usually picks up kids that are running late or miss the bus.”

The mother took her children inside and called the police.

The man is described as a white male, aged 50 to 60, with a brown beard.

He was reportedly driving a white, medical-style van with a taller roof and no roof rack. The windows on the van were not tinted. The van had blue letting near the passenger side rear tire which possibly said “paint or paint jobs.”

The Geneva Police Department and the Geneva Central School District are working together on the incident.

GPD Marked Units will be present during bus pickup-drop off times and walking routes throughout the City of Geneva.

The incident occurred in the area of 304 Castle Street, near Pulteney Street.

Anyone with information on the incident or van is asked to call Geneva Police at 315-781-0096. You can also text tips to 315-366-8919 or email them at tips@geneva.ny.us.


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