Friday, September 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Police are still searching for a man witnesses say attempted to kidnap a small boy from a Lilburn thrift store last week.
According to a report released by Lilburn police, the young boy -- whose exact age was not released -- was at the Park Avenue Thrift Store on Lawrenceville Highway with his father on Aug. 30. At about 1 p.m. that day, witnesses believe the suspect approached the boy while he was in the toy department and pulled money out of his pocket.
"After luring the boy over with the money," the incident report said, "he grabs the child by the arm."
The toy section is out of the range of the store's camera system, police said. A witness to the incident reportedly approached the man, who "let the boy go and proceeded quickly to the front of building acting like he was looking at some paintings and then left the building."
The witness found the boy's father, who took the child to his mother before attempting to chase the suspect. The man was nowhere to be found. He left without anyone noticing his direction or mode of travel, police said.
The suspect is described as a white male approximately 40 years old, with a "large belly," brown hair and a "well-kept beard."