HANSON — Hanson police are reporting that a suspicious man approached children on Saturday morning and asked them to get inside his van.

Police said in a statement that at around 9:50 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to a Whitman Street home where a caller said his young son and a friend were approached by a man who allegedly asked if they wanted toys.

When the kids said no, the man then allegedly told one of the kids to “just get in” his van. Police said both children fled the area and returned to their home to tell a parent.

The children are both under the age of 12, according to police.

The man who approached them is described as a white man with short, buzz-cut hair and glasses. He is believed to be between around 35-40 years old.

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According to Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch, officers checked the area and found video feed from a neighbor showing a white work van there at the time.

The van might be a Ford E-Series cargo van with roof racks and running boards, police stated.

According to the children, the van had rust and writing on the back, but police said they couldn't remember what the writing was.

Police said the van made two passes by the kids, and the man interacted with them on the second pass.

Video footage shows that the van stayed in the area for a couple of minutes before the interaction.

The vehicle then left the area heading towards East Washington Street.

Hanson police have checked the area and sent out an alert for the van.

Chief Miksch said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident, the vehicle or driver is asked to call Hanson Police at 781-293-4625.

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