Gray-haired man gives children candy

Suspect looking for owner of toy shovel before walking away

By: Chris Jackett | Royal Oak Review | Published March 20, 2013

The old lesson of not taking candy from strangers still holds true.

Two children were playing in a front yard of a residence near 14 Mile and High Street at about 2:30 p.m. March 14 when they got a surprise visitor.

“They were playing in the area and (were) approached by a gray-haired man with a play shovel,” Clawson Police Lt. Scott Sarvello said.

The children were cousins, an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. They said the man asked them whether the toy shovel was theirs and, when they replied that it was not, he handed each of them a box of candy and walked away, heading east. The man did not have a vehicle nearby that the children saw.

“It could have been a good neighbor. They had no idea who this guy was,” Sarvello said. “I’m hoping this is as it sounds, but it’s really strange.”

The two children ran inside and told their parents, who, as did Sarvello, warned them about taking candy from strangers.

The man was wearing a black coat and black pants at the time of the incident.

Anyone with more information should contact Clawson police at (248) 524-3477.