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Police release video in child abduction attempt
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Detectives investigating the possible child abduction attempt Monday afternoon near the Pinellas Trail have released surveillance video of the vehicle involved in the incident.

Detectives got the video from the convenience store the three children--ages 12, 11, and 5--were at in the area of 5th Avenue North and 70th Street North near the Pinellas Trail. It shows the man pulling out of the store's parking lot just after they left the store.

Authorities say the man drove up to the two children in a dark blue, possibly 2000 or later model, 4-door, Jeep Grand Cherokee with dark-tinted windows, factory luggage racks on the side and a longer than usual trailer hitch.

It was then the children told police, he drove up to them, opened his driver's side door, and reached out and tried to grab one of them. The child was able to move away and the three ran away. Police say he did not follow them and he never spoke to them.

The man is described as a white male, approximately 50-55 years of age, medium build, with salt & pepper, slicked back hair, bags under his eyes and wrinkled skin. He was last seen wearing eyeglasses and a black t-shirt.

If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the man involved in this incident, please call the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780 or callers may also utilize the TIP line at 727-892-5000.

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