NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH)-- Police are asking folks in Naugatuck to be on the lookout for a suspicious man in a van. They say he's approached children at least twice, offering them candy.
In both incidents the man offered something most kids can't resist. But police believe the man was up to no good and the kids didn't fall for it.
According to police, the suspicious man's first stop was the corner of Millville Ave. and May Ave. in Naugatuck. Around 7:15 Friday morning, the man allegedly drove up to a 13-year-old girl and asked if she wanted candy. The girl knew something wasn't right, turned down the man's offer and later contacted police.
"This is right around the corner from my house. So, I'm pretty much disturbed about this incident," said a man. "We're talking about little kids. And there's a pervert in this area and I'm not happy at all."
What is more disturbing to neighbors, the same suspicious man allegedly approached a high school boy not long after the first reported incident, and again asked if the boy wanted candy.
"Approaching a kid and asking a question like that is certainly something that we need to take serious. Both the victims in this realized there was something wrong with the person asking that. Luckily, there was no, on that person's part, to try and grab the kids or try to lure them into the car," said Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck Police.
That car is described as a green or blue van. Police have not been able to find it or the suspicious man behind the wheel.
The Naugatuck resident who did not want to be identified says he wished he could have stopped the suspect himself.
"I would probably be in jail right now," said the man. "I definitely would have taken action."
Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Naugatuck Police TIPLINE at (203) 720-1010.
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