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Fanwood PD Investigating Suspicious Event

Man approaches three juveniles, giving two of them a dollar each.


The Fanwood Police Department is currently investigating the following:


On Monday, October 1, 2012 at approximately 3:20 P.M. an unknown white
male approxitmatly 70 years of age with white hair was driving a white
minivan and approached 3 juveniles near the corner of Cray Terrace and
Helen Street in Fanwood.  The man got out of his vehicle, handed two
of the juveniles each a dollar bill and stated "good job" got back into
his vehicle and left the area heading towards Helen Street.  The man
did not make any physcial contact with the juveniles or attempt to lure
them into his vehicle.



If anyone has observed this vehicle or a person fitting the above
description operating a white van,  please call the Fanwood Police
Department at (908) 322-5000.

FormerFanwoodian October 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
As someone who is year shy of 70, I resent the 'elderly' label. Sounds as if the driver was only imitating John D. Rockefeller who passed out dimes to deserving youth. Yes, in this day, the behavior is strange, but not criminal. Sad that the youth weren't taught to get the plate # on the vehicle. (That might help get someone who shouldn't be driving off the road.) So did the youth keep the money?
Liz M October 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Imitating Rockefeller? Deserving youth? Sorry, that's quite a longshot. More likely was a calculated way for a creep to gain the trust of children in the hopes of being recognized as a familiar friendly face. After once or twice a kid might actually walk right up to a van hoping for a buck or a treat - and be given a very unwanted ride! PS: Apparently the children were taught to report such things, and did so.
haljalikea kick October 02, 2012 at 02:17 AM
That's really creepy, I hope ALL the schools were notifed and send an alert to the parents - just in case.

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