Belleville police on lookout for man stalking students -

Belleville police on lookout for man stalking students

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BELLEVILLE, Illinois (KMOV) - Disturbing details inside of a letter sent home to parents has a community on edge. 

Belleville Public Schools Officials are warning about an unidentified man trying to lure kids as they walk home from Abraham Lincoln elementary school. 

Sage Maisel is in 5th grade there.  She and her little brother walks home every day together.

“Eww, it gives me the creeps,” said Sage.

Sage’s mother, Tera Miasel, said she worries about them daily, especially now. 

“They mean the world to me. If anything happened to my kids, I don't know what I would do,” said Tera.

The district told parents three students said a man driving erratically stopped and told the siblings to come toward him on Tuesday, but the students ran home and told their parents instead. 

District officials said those students saw that same man the next day driving erratically in front of their home and called police.

“The thought of someone creeping around. That’s a terrifying thought,” said Tera.

Those students said he's a white, middle-aged man with gray hair and a mustache.  He had on sunglasses and a hat with a feather in it.

 The man was also seen driving an old red and black Chevrolet with an open truck bed and a black work box with Illinois plates. 

As Belleville police work to find him Tera has advice for all the children in her neighborhood.

“When you see a stranger you run. Run,” said Tera.

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