Barre City Police are hoping that reports of man in pickup truck who allegedly threatened to abduct a young boy turns out to be a “nonevent.”

Chief Braedon Vail said the 8-year-old boy reported Friday that a man driving a blue Ford truck near Brook Street and North Seminary Street threatened him and alluded to a kidnapping.

“He felt that some gentleman was making comments towards him that led him to believe he was going to be abducted,” Vail said. 

Earlier last week, Vail said, a resident reported that a pickup with Vermont plates appeared to be following three young boys as they walked on Merchant Street. The resident told police he called them after seeing a social media post about the incident.

“He had witnessed a Ford Ranger, a blue Ford Ranger, operating on another street in the city, and they reported to be following very slowly, three male individuals walking on the street,” Vail said. 

The driver was described as a White man in his forties, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue pants.

Vail said officers are canvassing the area and looking for surveillance video of the vehicle “so we can investigate further.

“It’s good to keep an eye on your children anyway,” he said. “We’re hoping that this was a non-event.” 

If you have information about the incidents, call Barre City Police at (802) 476-6613.