A man allegedly made an inappropriate gesture to a group of teenage girls on Beach Avenue this week. (WFSB photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Police in Milford have stepped up school patrols after two suspicious encounters occurred just a few miles away from one another this week.
The first incident happened on Beach Avenue on Sept. 4. A man made an inappropriate gesture to a group of teenage girls, according to police.
The second took place a few miles away on Baxter Lane on Sept. 8. A man allegedly motioned for a child to come toward his vehicle.
No 911 calls were placed in either incident, according to police. The first incident was not reported police until students told the school resource officer on Sept. 8. During the second incident, parents called the non-emergency police line.
Now, police said they are searching for a man believed to be involved in both incidents.
Neighbors called the news surprising and vowed to keep an eye out.
"If I saw, now especially, a car with a man just hanging around, I certainly would call the police," said Lori Levine of Milford.
Eyewitnesses told police that in both cases, a man was seen driving a light blue four door car. The suspect was described as a man with dark hair and possibly some facial hair.
Officials are reminding parents to speak with their children about strangers or any kind of uncomfortable situation. They also asked residents to report any suspicious behavior.
“People should definitely be aware and do something immediately,” Caitlin Pirreca, Milford, said. “Don't let it wait."
Anyone with any information about the suspect is asked to call the Milford Police Department at 203-878-6551 or by clicking here.
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