Manalapan Police report that an April 23 investigation into a possible case of attempted luring of a 5-year old by an old man with candy has wrapped up.
The young boy fabricated the entire story, police say.
On Wednesday, Manalapan Police responded to a report of an attempted luring of a child on Symmes Drive around 6:16 p.m.
They heard a story that an old man with bald or white hair, described as similar in age to a grandfather, was walking by when he stopped to offer candy to a five year-old boy in the front yard. The child then ran inside and alerted his parents.
Ptl. Richard Gallo handled the initial investigation.
But a follow-up investigation revealed that the young boy had fabricated the entire story, police say.
A Manalapan Police Facebook post entitled "Important: Attempted Child Luring" was shared 318 times and drew comments by frightened parents about "stranger danger."
But at least two people expressed doubt about the story of the candy-proffering old man.
"This sounds too cliche to be true," said Facebook user Benjamin Ross.