On three occasions over the course of a month, young girls have been targeted by men, working alone or in a group of up to three. Attempts have been made to lure the girls into a car and in two of the incidents the girls have been chased.
”We are dealing with three such cases at the moment,” Jorma Harjamäki of the county police told the local Nerikes Allehanda (NA) daily.
The first report came in at the end of September and the latest approximately a month after.
All of reports describe one to three perpetrators, all adult men and operating from a car.
Harjamäki couldn’t say for sure if the three incidents are related.
”But we have confirmed the same car involved on at least two occasions,” he said to the paper.
The girls targeted have all been between the age of 10 and 13.
”The girls subjected to the attacks have only been able to give a vague description of their attackers, which is natural, as they have been in a state of shock,” Harjamäki said to NA.
However, according to the police, they have received useful tip-offs from the general public regarding the car involved, which they are confident it will lead to something concrete.
In the mean time local police are advising parents to exert caution when it comes to letting young girls out alone in the evening.
They are also urging the general public in the area to stay vigilant if seeing a car stop anywhere near young girls.