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Mysterious White Van Has California Community on Edge

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The van that appeared in Natomas, Sacramento
Photo: CBS Sacramento, Twitter

To a parent, there’s nothing scarier than the idea of a kidnapper luring their kids into a strange van under the pretense of giving out free candy. Children learn from an early age not to take candy from strangers, but even the smartest children are vulnerable to the threat.

So when a suspicious van appeared in the community of Natomas in Sacramento, it’s no surprise that police were alerted immediately.

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The van was parked outside 12-year-old Lawrence Bellow’s house
Photo: CBS Sacramento, Twitter

The white van had “FREE CANDY” emblazoned on the side in red paint, as well as what appeared to be hand prints trailing along the side. The van also had blacked-out windows and no license plate.

The van was spotted by 12-year-old Lawrence Bellow and his mother. Lawrence noticed the van parked outside his home and snapped a picture of it. “It looked too fake to be true,” he told CBS Sacramento, “but I didn’t want to get a closer look for sure. I was kind of nervous about it; I didn’t know what was going on so I just wanted to get evidence in case anything happened.”

Luckily, nothing did happen, and the van turned out to be a joke. It belonged to local resident Sierra Deblonk’s family friend, who was on his way to Nevada’s Burning Man festival. Interestingly, no one who knew about the van thought it would be the cause of so much panic. “It’s nice to know that if was there actually a creepy white van around that people would be taking notice of that,” Sierra commented.

News Source: CBS Sacramento