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Men try to lure Cherokee girl with promise of puppy
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Men try to lure Cherokee girl with promise of puppy

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Extra patrols in Cherokee County are looking for two men who tried to lure a girl into their truck with the promise of a puppy.

Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Eagle Watch subdivision Monday evening. A 12-year-old girl told deputies two white men driving an older model green Ford F-150 with a camper shell approached her.

The girl was riding her scooter to the playground when the truck pulled up near her and asked her if she wanted a puppy. She was able to see a puppy inside the truck.

She told them men she didn't want the puppy. After that, she told investigators one man said, "If you get in the truck I will give you a puppy." She again said no and rode away.

"She was smart enough to say, 'No, I've got to go,'" said the girl's grandfather. "The amazing thing that is she actually waved to no one and said, 'I'll be right there,' -- implying that there was a friend looking and they saw that and immediately left the neighborhood."

The Cherokee Co. Sheriff''s Department says the two men are described as white males in their mid to late 30's. The driver was described as medium build with short black hair, and the passenger as medium build with brown shaggy hair and brown eyes.

If anyone saw a similar vehicle Monday evening, investigators want to hear from you. You can call 770-928-0239. As an extra precaution, the sheriff's office has increased patrols in the area.

Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said that the incident could prompt parents to talk to their children about safety.

"Parents have just got to tell their children if someone approaches them in a situation like this, they're not there for a good reason, and the child needs to vacate the are immediately, just leave," Baker said.

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