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Child approached by stranger in Turners Falls

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Police in Montague said they were investigating two incidents where men were behaving suspiciously towards children in Turners Falls.

Authorities said the first incident happened Sunday near Unity Park. Police said a parent at the park noticed a man in a bright blue Nissan SUV paying close attention to children in the park. Authorities said when the parent tried to get a license plate number, the man drove away. The witness said the vehicle had New York license plates with a possible "G" and "X."

A few blocks away in an alley between Second and Third streets, police said an 8-year-old boy was approached by a man Tuesday afternoon while walking home from school. Police said the man asked the boy if he wanted any candy and tried to grab the boy's arm. The boy was able to get away and told his mother. The man was described as a white male in his 30s. He may be about 5'8" tall with scruffy blonde hair and a patch of hair on his chin, below the bottom lip.

Police were not able to find either suspect and said Wednesday there was not enough information to know if the two incidents were connected. Chief Charles Dodge urged parents to keep a close eye on their children, especially as temperatures begin to warm up. He said the department was updating their Facebook page with information as it became available.

A little more than a mile away, parents stood in the rain at the Sheffield Elementary School. Students had a half day of class. Many of them had heard about the incident Tuesday afternoon. Cassie Damkoehler said she has a boy the same age. She said it was startling to think anything like that could happen there. Peter Ciolea said he had not heard about either incident. He said he drops off and picks up his children from school to make sure they are safe.

Police and parents said now is the perfect time to remind children what to do if they were ever approached by a stranger.

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