A group of five men tried to lure two children into a van Sunday near Port Clinton High School, according to police.
A witness saw the slow-moving white van stop near two sisters, 8 and 10, at the intersection of East 10th and Jefferson streets at about 6:30 p.m., Port Clinton police Detective Corbin Carpenter said.
Its driver told the eight-year-old he just bought a new puppy and asked if she would help him find it, according to a police report. The girls left the area and told their grandparents, who contacted police. They were unable to locate the van.
The girl described the van's driver as a white male with dark military-cut hair, wearing a light gray T-shirt. All of the men are estimated to be in their 20s or 30s.
A witness described the white van as older, rusted near its wheels, with several windows. Its make and model is unknown.
Police are still searching for the suspects. They're distributing a flyer with information to local agencies and schools.
Anyone with information should call the Port Clinton Police Department, 419-734-3121.