St. Albans police say attempted abduction investigation dropped

St. Albans police say they dropped an attempted abduction investigation after learning a couple approached some kids simply because they wanted to give away some used athletic equipment. (WCHS/WVAH)

St. Albans police said they dropped an attempted abduction investigation after discovering that it was a couple simply trying to give kids some used athletic equipment.

Police were investigating after receiving a report that a vehicle on March 3 approached a group of kids playing in the parking lot of Billy Dunn Field on Monroe Avenue. When the vehicle pulled up to the children, the driver told a female child they had the kids’ sports equipment in the vehicle. The girl said no and then she ran away to get help.

Police Chief Joe Crawford said Wednesday the couple contacted police after their family members told them they had seen a photo of their vehicle, taken by a surveillance camera, posted on news stories about the investigation.

Crawford said the couple told police they just wanted to give the equipment away. He said the couple had good intentions and their story checked out.

Meanwhile, Kanawha County deputies are still investigating an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy that happened March 13 in Cross Lanes.

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