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Pair of suspicious vehicles prompt alert

A Petaluma girl who reported two suspicious vehicles circling around her as she walked home from school Wednesday afternoon has prompted a notice from local police reminding citizens to be on the alert.

The male drivers of the cars never attempted to communicate with the girl, and it remains unclear if she was at risk of harm, police said.

But authorities decided "to err on the side of caution" and make the public aware the incident, said Lt. Dan Fish.

The girl said she was walking on Western Avenue near Petaluma Junior High to Walnut Park near D Street around 3 p.m. Wednesday when she noticed the cars, a small, blue pickup with patches of missing paint and a white 4-door Volvo, repeatedly circling the area.

Both drivers were described as white men, around 30 years old.

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