CARMEL, N.Y. - Carmel police say they are working closely with the Kent Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to track down a man who allegedly tried to lure young children into his pickup truck with the promise of toys and candy this past week.
The incidents happened on Wednesday and Friday in the area of Route 301 in the hamlet of Carmel.
Carmel resident Kristen Sullivan wrote on the Mahopac Moms Facebook page that a man in a small white pickup tried to lure her 7-year-old daughter into the vehicle by offering her candy and asking where she lived. Sullivan wrote that her au pair witnessed what was happening and intervened. She said the driver told her he was just making sure the girl got home safely.
The small white pickup truck in question was described as “beat up,” with a dent in the rear fender. It had blue and orange New York plates but tape had been placed over the numbers on the front plate.
Sullivan also reported that her 9-year-old son and his friend said the same thing had happened to them two days earlier. They said the suspect also offered them candy and said he had some “cool toys” in his truck. The boys got scared and ran away but told police the man said not to tell anyone or “you won’t live.”
Sullivan’s daughter described the suspect as an “army man” who was wearing camouflage clothes and had some type of badge or patch.
Sullivan said her neighbor has a surveillance video of the truck.
Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari told Mahopac News that they take such reports very seriously and all his officers are on the lookout for the vehicle. He said if anyone spots the truck and its driver, described as a white male in his 30s, they should call the police department at 845-628-1300.
“My daughter definitely would have gotten into the truck if my au pair had not seen it,” Sullivan wrote in her Facebook post.