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Attempted kidnapping rumors swirl on social media

Posted at 5:17 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:23:10-05

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Nicholasville Police Department says social media, especially Facebook, can be a great tool to get information out quickly. But in this case, it has created chaos in Nicholasville after rumors swirl of attempted abductions.

Two weeks ago, the Nicholasville Police Department received a call after a teenager was approached by a man in a white pickup truck.

"He approached her in the truck and said 'hey, can I give you a ride to school? I like to give girls rides to school,'" Sgt. Kevin Grimes noted.

Since officers opened their investigation, rumors of other incidents involving withe pickup trucks have taken over social media. The department says another alleged incident with a white pickup truck happened at City/county Park. However, officers are having to back track because it wasn't reported to police initially.

"I mean, how many white pickup trucks are there driving around in a neighborhood everyday, how many construction people drive white pickup trucks, how many people are on their way to work in white trucks? So, some of this may just be coincidental, and some of it, I mean there could be a legitimate situation," Sgt. Grimes added.

Despite the investigations, the department does not believe there is any reason for the public to be worried.

"I think for the most part, Nicholasville is a safe community. But we're not immune to crime," Grimes said. "Nor is any other city or location or town. So I say just be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what's going on."

Officers say if you see something, say something and call police before putting it on social media.