MASON CITY - As Mason City police investigate reports of suspicious activity, they are urging the public to report it to them, and not just share it on social media. 

At 10:08 a.m. Monday, the Mason City Police Department received a call to a residence in the 2800 block of 16th Street Southwest.

The caller reported that a woman had come to the door of the home, identified herself an employee with Child Protection Services and said she was checking on a report of unattended children, according to Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley.

Officers responded and investigated the incident.

“The vehicle was gone from the area and the reporting party provided the following description: gold four-door sedan with dark windows,” Brinkley said in a release. “It was occupied by two white males and a heavy-set white female with long dark hair.”

Anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupants is asked to call the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

“At this point, officers are unable to determine the intent of the vehicle occupants,” Brinkley said. “There is no indication at this time that it is related to human trafficking.”

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On Monday, police were also made aware of a Facebook post about an incident that allegedly occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday at Walmart.

“This post alleges that two women were followed by several Latino males,” Brinkley said. “Our department did not respond to a call for service at Walmart during that time.”

As of late Tuesday morning, Mason City police are unable to corroborate any of the information contained in the post but are continuing to follow up on the alleged incident. 

“We want to take this opportunity, again, to remind residents that when they see or experience suspicious or unusual behavior that they should report it -- as it is happening,” Brinkley said. “It can be difficult and more time-intensive to investigate incidents like this after the fact.”

Brinkley said in many cases, officers can respond to these incidents when they are occurring, speak to the people involved and resolve the incident at that time.

Suspicious activity can be reported to police at the number listed above or North Iowa Crime Stoppers at 800-383-0088.

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Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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