SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Scotia Police Department is on the lookout for a man in a white pickup truck who has allegedly been offering minors “a ride to school.” The Department was first told about the incident on Thursday, around 8 p.m. According to police, they have reason to believe this is not an isolated incident.

The suspect allegedly followed a young girl as she walked to school Thursday morning, and asked if she wanted a ride. Police say this is not the first time this sort of incident has occurred in Scotia.

The driver is described by police as a heavy-set, white man with white hair, and a medium-length white beard. His truck was white, with a lot of junk in the back and a foul odor emitting from the bed of the truck.

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact the Scotia Police Crime Tips Line at (518) 374-3110 ext. 3267.

Parents like Elizabeth Zenner tell NEWS10 she makes sure her children know what to do in the event they find themselves in a situation where someone is attempting to lure them. “Definitely leave right away. If they have their cellphone, call a parent. I try not to have them outside after dark and try to stay with friends as much as you can and not be by yourself and be aware. Be aware of your surroundings.”