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Residents react to attempted abductions

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Police and Sheriffs remind parents to be on the lookout after reports Wednesday of a man trying to lure children into his car.

Cedar Falls and Dike authorities both received reports of a man trying to use money to get kids to come with him.

However, Cedar Falls authorities and parents aren't the only ones concerned.

The Grundy County Sheriff says two similar incidents happened in the Dike area.

The first one was reported a few weeks ago.

The second incident was reported in Cedar Falls around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the third incident was reported outside Dike at 4:26 p.m. Tuesday.

Keith Rau takes his one-year-old granddaughter to the Clay Street Park when he visits Cedar Falls.

He says he became concerned when he heard someone tried to lure children into a car from the same park.

"You're always concerned when you hear things like that. It's important that you stay more vigilant and keep an eye out for anything unusual. If anything does happen you should report it to authorities so they can keep track," Rau said.

Cedar Falls Police say three girls, ages 7 to 13, were playing in the Clay Street Park around 3:30 p.m. when a man in a silver car offered them money to get inside. Parents in the area say that news is terrifying.

"It's OK to be an over-protective parent, especially nowadays," Mother Heather Northey said.

Northey said she grew up coming to the park, and she let her children play there.

"I want to cry. I really want to cry right now. It's scary. I'm really scared. My son is at his dad's right now, but he'll be here tomorrow. He's not going to be out here by himself. I'll be out here with him. He's a cute kid, and I don't want him taken from me," Northey said.

Authorities from surrounding counties are reminding parents and kids to be on the lookout.

They say they're looking for a man in his mid 30s in a silver car who is offering money to children.

If you see a man and car fitting a similar description, authorities ask to please get a license plate number and call police.

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