Greece Police need help identifying suspicious SUV around schools
Posted at: 03/12/2013 11:19 AM
| Updated at: 03/12/2013 5:19 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
The Greece School District sent a recorded phone message to parents alerting them to a danger facing their children. The danger is a suspicious SUV that Greece Police say could be following students as they walk to and wait at their bus stop.
Last week, police got a 911 call saying a red-colored SUV approached a child waiting for his bus on Maiden Lane. Then Monday, another call. This time on the far east side of town at the corner of Beverly Heights and Willis Avenue. It was another SUV following a child walking to the bus stop. Police say the descriptions of the SUV are similar, but police say that's all the information they have so they need your help.
Police say they're not sure what they've got. The description of the SUVs are similar. But they're not exactly the same and some of the stories from witnesses are conflicting.
Monday's sighting was at the corner of Beverly Heights and Willis Avenue, involving a student walking home from Long Ridge Elementary. News10NBC talked with parent Jose Beltran.
Jose Beltran said, “Unfortunately, we live in a world where we're scared about everything.”
Jose and every other parent in the district got a recorded phone call from the school district. It warned them to look out for a maroon and gold Chevrolet Blazer and to review safety procedures with their children.
Beltran said, “The first thing that comes to mind is we can't even take our kids to school? There are just people out there that are sick in the head.”
William Bonilla, parent, said, “I'm glad they called us as parents so we know what's going on.”
The first report of the SUV was last week right on Maiden Lane.
Jason Helfer, Greece Police, said, “Unfortunately there's nobody to say this is exactly what I saw.”
Police say they've exhausted their leads. So now they're waiting to hear from you.
Helfer said, “Wee want them to be looking for, not just a red blazer, but any vehicle that appears out of the ordinary in the neighborhood. Something that doesn't look right. Someone you see that you don't normally see around the neighborhood.”
Beltran said, “The bus stop is right across the street from me so usually I just let them walk across the street but now I can't even do that.”
On-duty police officers are paying close attention to school bus stops. In fact, Monday, there was an officer around the corner from the reported spot. But by the time it was called in, the SUV was gone. Again, the suspicious SUV is a red-color SUV with gold trim.
If you see something like that, call 911.