CANDIA — On the heels of a couple suspicious incidents potentially targeting children and teenagers in town, Candia police are encouraging parents to review proper stranger safety procedures with their young ones.
Candia police Chief Mike McGillen said a woman called police in early April to report a suspicious truck she had not seen in the neighborhood prior to that night. According to the report, the woman said the dark, late-model Mazda pickup truck went slowly down Langford Road headed toward Route 27.
The unidentified male driver reportedly stared at the woman’s children, who were playing in the yard. The man then pulled the truck into a nearby driveway and turned around before driving slowly past again.
The day prior, a man driving a truck of a similar description allegedly followed and stared at a couple of teenage girls at GMS Pizza on Main Street in Raymond before trying to lure them outside the restaurant. That person was described as about 5’7” tall, with scruffy facial hair and a possible goatee.
“We called Raymond and compared some notes, but that incident is still under investigation,” said McGillen. “We checked with neighbors and no one else saw anything, so we don’t know if there was any criminal intent, but as a caution we just wanted to let residents know it’s never a bad idea for them to talk to their kids about this stuff.”
Another suspicious incident in April involved a small group of teenagers who were skateboarding outside Henry W. Moore School. According to McGillen, a man, possibly in his 60s, pulled up in an older, rusty Mercedes. He got out of the car and approached the teens to offer them skateboard stickers from a popular skateboard magazine that’s based out California. The man claimed to be the owner of the magazine and offered additional stickers if the teens performed skateboard tricks.
A Candia firefighter saw the scene play out from across the street and approached as the man was leaving. By the time police arrived, McGillen said the man was gone.
Anyone with additional information about any incidents is asked to contact Candia police at 483-2318. Parents are also advised to remain ever-vigilant and to call 911 if ever encountered with suspicious activity. Additional safety information is available through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com/safety.