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Union Co. law enforcement investigate suspicious activity

Union Co. law enforcement investigate report of man taking photos of young children at grocery store. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

Union County Sheriff’s Office and Clayton, New Mexico Police Departments are on the case after a mother reported a man behaving suspiciously around her children at a grocery store.

Original Facebook post of report:

“When you have someone taking pictures of your children and you don't know if they have followed you home or how long they've been taking pictures of your children, it's a very scary situation,” said Talisha Valdez.

Valdez is a mother of two young girls. She tells ABC 7 News if she were to catch a man taking photos of her daughters, she would instantly go into “momma bear mode”.

It happened to someone else, but it is exactly what Union County law enforcement is now investigating. Officers are reviewing video surveillance to see if they can identify a suspect.

“Right now, we’re looking at cameras from the grocery store and from another,” said Union County Undersheriff Colby Skidmore. “We have been trying to identify plates on the vehicle to get specifics on who we're looking for.”

Skidmore said it happened at Ranch Market Sunday afternoon. He said they are now searching for a white van and red pickup, but explains it is a tough task.

“We have a major highway that comes through Clayton, so it's every day with the generic white van. It’s difficult locating them and confirming that's what was going on,” said Skidmore.

Skidmore and Valdez said it is especially alarming that it could happen so close to home.

“People need to really be aware of their surroundings at all times. Even though this is a small community, things could happen in a split second and you don't know where your child has gone,” said Valdez.

“Some predators prey on kids and he could be scouting out what his next move is. He could be, if anything, trying to identify someone to act on. Some predators act on it, some don't,” said Skidmore.

Skidmore tells ABC 7 News that residents should report any suspicious activity or information on the case if they have any.

The number to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at (575) 374-2583.

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