Police: No child abductions — or attempts — have been linked to group selling educational materials

By now, you probably have heard reports about individuals going door-to-door selling educational materials and asking questions about children in the area. Rumors indicate that this is tied to a child abduction ring. And according to social media reports, these individuals have been showing up in communities around York County and beyond.

We contacted the York County District Attorney’s Office about the reports. Kyle King, chief administrator, said he checked with District Attorney Tom Kearney, the chief county detective, and the assistant county detective. No one has heard about this, he said in an email.

Northeastern Regional Police posted a message to its Facebook page today to address the issue. Police say there is no cause for alarm. The group appears to be legitimate. And there has been no child abduction or attempted abduction linked to this group, the message states.

However, parents should still be cautious, police said. They should not invite strangers into their home to meet their children.

The department is attempting to increase patrols in neighborhoods and is asking that residents call 911 when they see these individuals, the message states. Police would like to verify individuals involved and make sure they have the proper permits to solicit, the message states.

Police believe these individuals do not have proper permits to solicit in the municipalities the department covers.

Northeastern Regional Police can be reached at 717-266-6195 or through 911.

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One Response to Police: No child abductions — or attempts — have been linked to group selling educational materials

  1. Rae says:

    Wouldn’t permits not be needed in any municipality as it is part of one’s freedom of speech? I believe there is a legal case that sets a precedent for that and states that municipalities cannot require permits for such door to door activities.

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