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Driver Of Van Seen Circling School Bus Stops Questioned and Released

The St. John's County Sheriff's Office says the apparent driver of a van connected to some suspicious activities at several school bus stops was brought in for an interview Tuesday night. Deputies say he is not charged, and has been released.

This started after three reported incidents of a man driving a white van circuiling bus stops in St. Johns County. Two of them happened just this week.

Detectives say two elementary students say the driver took photos of them today at a bus stop in the area of Pearl and McLaughlin streets in St. Augustine before he drove off.

Another incident was a rumor reported on Monday where a caller contacted authorities about hearing a white van circling a bus stop near the outlet mall.

Last Friday, the Sheriff's office was called out after a 14-year-old got off the school bus near SR 16 and Rues Landing road. The teen told Deputies a white van was following her so she stopped at a neighbor's house to call her mother.

The van is described as a white work-style van with lots of stickers on the back window and blue rims. The male is described as being older with light colored hair and facial hair.

The man brought in for questioning in connection to these incidents was never arrested. It's not illegal to photograph people on a public street, and Deputies cleared that driver of wrong-doing. They say he turned himself in voluntarily and his cell phone showed no evidence of any criminal activity. The other two cases were determined to be unrelated.

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