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Red truck sought in two suspicious incidents
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the St. John's County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of suspicious incidents involving a red truck in the Arlington and Julington Creek areas.

In the past few days, similar incidents have occurred in the Arlington Hills/Arlingwoods neighborhoods and Julington Creek in St. John's County, however no connection has been confirmed between the incidents.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a suspicious person near Merrill Road Elementary School, in the Hartsfield and Merrill Road area around 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

Witnesses told police a suspicious person in a red pick-up truck was spotted in the area, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The pick-up truck was a red extended cab model with Florida tags, and was towing a black trailer loaded with lawn equipment. 

The driver is described as a blonde haired man, in his mid-thirties wearing a black tee shirt.

A similar incident was reported Monday just after 8 p.m. in St. John's County.

Deputies with the St. John's County Sheriff's Office responded to the Plantation Grove subdivision in Julington Creek following reports of a man in a red pick-up truck asking a child to get in his vehicle and guide him [the driver] out of the neighborhood.

The driver in this case is described as a white male, with facial hair and balding, about 50 to 60-years-old.

The suspect truck is described as a newer model red Ford F-150 with chrome factory wheels and chrome side-steps. The truck also allegedly had ladders in the bed at the time of the incident.

Detectives in both counties continue to investigate.

JSO asks that anyone with information regarding a subject meeting the aforementioned description contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit at 904-630-0500 or through Crime Stoppers 1-866-845-TIPS to make an anonymous tip that could lead to a reward of up to $3,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

To report an incident in St. John's County contact the St. John's County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-3983 or Crime Stoppers 1-866-845-TIPS.

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