Maidstone RCMP say a tipster in Cut Knife has helped to resolve a report of a suspicious person who was offering chocolate to youth in a Maidstone residential area.
Maidstone RCMP had sent out a news release about the November 26th incident on November 30th.
Police say that on November 26th, two youths were out walking, when a man whom they did not know offered them chocolate, as they passed by a parked red SUV in which he was seated at the steering wheel.
The youths declined the offer and police say the matter was reported to Maidstone RCMP later that afternoon.
Sgt. Jolyne Harrison, Maidstone RCMP Detachment Commander says in just over 17 hours of the matter being published by media, Cut Knife RCMP said they were informed by someone who felt they could identify the individual.
“The man identified was indeed the person we were looking to speak with about this incident. Further investigation determined he legitimately was offering chocolate to the two youths and we let him know his generosity could be misunderstood by youth and members of the public.”
Cut Knife RCMP say they got the tip at about 8:45 a.m. on December 1st.
Police say the family of the youths have been notified and the investigation is complete.
The Maidstone RCMP Detachment Commander is thankful that the intent was determined not to be suspicious. Harrison is commending the public for their support in this matter.
“A big thank you to the individual who picked up the phone and called us with their tip. It’s a prime example of communities working collaboratively with their local police to help solve open investigations.”