DES PERES, Mo. - A man posing as an undercover police officer tries to lure kids to his car. Now, Des Peres police are alerting parents about the incident that happened near Greenbriar Hills Country club.
Police say the two kids were boys ages 9 and 11, and one of them lives in the area.
"It's a pretty quite neighborhood, so it makes you wonder," said neighbor Ryan Young.
Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police say the young boys were near the intersection of Old Doughtery Ferry Road and Greenbriar Ridge Drive.
"This is the first report that we've taken of this nature in awhile," said Des Peres Detective Marshall Broughton.
They were searching for golf balls near the golf course when they told police a man driving by, made a u-turn and stopped. Police say the man asked them why they threw something at his car and the kids said they didn't.
Det. Broughton says then the man then identified himself as an undercover officer.
"The gentleman asked them if they would like some candy and said that he had some in the car and it was basically maybe trying to entice them to come closer to the vehicle," said Broughton.
He says the boys did the right thing and ran home to tell their parents, who called police.
Neighbor Joann Rasch says her neighborhood is normally quiet and peaceful, but she knows crime can happen anywhere.
"I think it's pretty scary and pretty weird but you here that all the time around everywhere you go," she said.
"We still don't know what this individual's intent was did he have candy I don't know?" he said. "Who knows, just the fact that he offered it to two strange kids that he doesn't know is kind of concerning."
Des Peres police did let neighboring departments know about the incident and to be on the lookout. They say they are looking for a man driving a dark colored possibly gray four door sedan.
If you know anything about this case you are asked to call police.