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Indiana Day Care Owner Worries Child Predator Stole Sign From Van

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Indianapolis day care owner is worried that the person who stole a magnetic sign from her van may be a child predator.

Heather Delucio, who owns “Kidz Come First” in Franklin Township, said she just finished dropping off kids on Monday when she decided to pop into a grocery store. When she came out 20 minutes later, the sign on her van was gone.

Delucio reported the theft to police, although it’s relatively minor. She’s more worried about the intentions of a thief who would pull off a sign that reads: “Kidz Come First Affordable Child Care Services.”

“If somebody put it on their car and drove by a bus stop and said ‘Hey your mom called this day care and wants us to take you to school today, so come on and get in the car,’ ” she told Fox59.

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She said the sign allows her to access carpool lines at area schools.

The theft prompted Franklin Township Schools to make automated phone calls warning parents. They also posted an image of the sign to their Facebook page.

But Superintendent Dr. Flora Reichenadter reassured the Indianapolis Star that there are many more safeguards in place that keep just any person from walking off with kids.

“You would have to provide an ID if you are not already recognized by a supervisor who allows students to go into a vehicle,” Reichanadter said.

The name must be that of someone preapproved to transport the specific children.

Sources: Indianapolis Star, Fox59

Image credit: Facebook, IMPD