School-age children in Adelaide’s northern suburbs have reported three incidents over the past week where they were approached by men.
The approaches happened in Salisbury North, Salisbury Park and Craigmore, but none of the children were hurt.
Police are now investigating to see whether the cases are linked.
Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Hilliard said the men were not believed to be the same person.
“The children have reported suspicious behaviour of three males,” she said.
Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Hilliard addresses the media over suspicious approaches. (ABC News)
“They’ve occurred at three separate suburbs, the suburbs are not adjoining, but the behaviour of the males is of a concern, and so police are, in respect to one of the matters, releasing some CCTV footage.”
In the first case, a girl reported walking to school along Penong Crescent at Salisbury North just before 8:30am on Friday, June 8, and being followed by a man who offered her a lift.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s, wearing black clothing and a hooded top.
He was reported to have been driving a older model four-door car with a dark-back window, a sun shade on the rear left passenger window and blue wheel rims.
Man watched children days later
Police said that four days later, just before 3:00pm, a boy and his younger sister were walking along Goddard Road at Salisbury Park when they noticed a man watching them.
The man was seen to walk down Chatswood Way, but later walked up behind them on Fenden Road.
The children reported the man started running towards them and they crossed Saints Road when a woman stopped her car and assisted them.
The man is described being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his mid 40s, 180cm tall with big build, black hair and a black beard.
He was wearing dark clothing including a black leather jacket.
Police investigators have checked the route walked by the children and obtained a CCTV image of a man of similar description.
The third incident reportedly happened just after 3:00pm on Wednesday June 13.
A boy was walking near Craigmore Road at Craigmore, when a man grabbed his backpack as he reached London Court.
The boy has reported they he broke free, ran off and that people nearby may have seen what happened.
That man has been described as being aged in his 30s, about 180cm tall, with bits of hair on his chin, a deep voice and possibly a Scottish or Irish accent.
He wore a dark-coloured leather jacket, black jeans and a black ‘Nike’ baseball cap.
Detective Chief Inspector Hilliard said police had no conclusive evidence to say that the three incidents were linked and police hoped releasing CCTV footage obtained from the second incident would encourage any witnesses to come forward.
“We don’t have any inclusive information on that //www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-14/children-approached-in-adelaides-north/9869914 at the moment and we are keeping an open mind with our investigations,” she said.
“The descriptions of the men are somewhat different and until we get further information it would be very speculative to say anything other than we believe that they are three different men.
“They are not geographically neighbouring suburbs, and so therefore it’s really inconclusive to be able to say that they are linked at this point in time.
“The CCTV which has been released is in relation to the second incident at Salisbury Park, it’s on one of the side streets and it shows the male who we believe is involved in this concerning behaviour.”
Police said they were liaising with schools in the area and have also suggested that the man in the CCTV image contact them.