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Police increase patrols after children approached at bus stop

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

Police are warning parents and increasing patrols during bus pick-up and drop-off time after unknown men have approached children in two separate incidents at school bus stops in New London.

While police are not sure if it is the same man in both incidents, they want parents and kids to be on alert.

On Monday, a 13-year-old had gotten off her school bus on Lower Boulevard when she saw a man in a car driving alongside her on Montauk Avenue.

On Sept. 10, there was a similar incident at another school bus stop on Mitchell Court. That child was also 13 years old and was approached while waiting for the bus.

"We want everyone to be aware that we have gotten a number of complaints throughout the city since school started. This is our third complaint," said the deputy New London police chief Pete Reichard.

But police learned later that the third complaint ended up being a child that was approached by a family member Thursday morning.

The person police say they are looking for in the Sept. 10 incident is described as a Hispanic man wearing a blue shirt and sunglasses. He is approximately 30 years old, driving a dark color sedan.

In the Sept. 16 incident, that suspect is described as a Hispanic or Italian man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a gray polo shirt and was heavily intoxicated.

New London police offered some helpful tips on their Facebook page to keep kids safe:

  • Never respond to strangers when you're alone
  • Stay with friends
  • Report suspicious incidents to a trusted adult
  • Never accept food/candy/gifts
  • Never accept rides
  • Be alert to similar incidents, especially in the identified area
  • Never go with anyone without parent permission and always tell someone where you're going

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call police.

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