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Police are looking for a man in multicolored overalls who is wearing a mask or white face paint and is approaching West Side elementary schoolchildren.

The man allegedly approached students at Polaris Charter Academy, 620 N. Sawyer, in East Garfield Park; Beidler Elementary, 3151 W. Walton, in Garfield Park; in the park itself and in the area around N. St. Louis and W. Walton, according to a sergeant at Area 4 Special Victims Unit.

The alert listed Pritzker Elementary, 2009 W. Schiller, in Wicker Park, as another area where the man dressed as a clown had been seen. But the sergeant couldn’t confirm that Pritzker was on the list of areas being investigated.

The man was reported to be driving a white or brown van with the windows broken out and approaching kids as they walked to and from the schools, according to the alert. The first incident was Sept. 22, the sergeant said.

If you have information about the man matching this description or about his van, call Area 4 Special Victims Unit at 312-746-9259.