Police investigating report of suspicious man at bus stop

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NAUGATUCK — Police are urging parents and students to be alert going to and from bus stops after a report of two juveniles being approached by a suspicious man at their bus stop on Monday morning.

Police said two children were waiting at the bus stop in the area of New Street and Hillside Avenue when a blue “work-style” van with tinted windows driving west on New Street approached them shortly before 8 a.m. One of the children reported a man with a deep voice asked them from the driver side of the van if they “wanted candy” and said if they did they could “get into the van and he would bring them to it,” according to police. The child told police he couldn’t see the man because the tinted window was only partially open.

The children ran from the area, and the van is believed to have turned north on Hillside Avenue, police said. The children immediately reported the incident.

Police searched the area but couldn’t find a van matching the description.

The incident is the second one involving a suspicious van reported in the same area within the past month. In late September, two girls told police they were walking home after getting off the school bus at New Street and Hillside Avenue when they spotted a white utility van stop near them, according to police. The girls felt the van was suspicious and ran from the area.

In this incident, which is still under investigation, the girls reported a Hispanic man, about 25 years old, dressed in all black with a beard and wearing a hat got out of the passenger side of the van, but nothing was reportedly said to the girls, according to police.

Lt. Bryan Cammarata said the Naugatuck Police Department is making sure officers have a presence around as many bus stops as possible. He advised parents and students to be aware of their surroundings and to report anything suspicious to police immediately.

Police asked that anyone with any information regarding these incidents to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-5221 or the department’s confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.