EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Police on Long Island are warning parents to keep a close eye on their children following several incidents of attempted abductions, CBS 2HD’s Jennifer McLogan reports.

In each incident, in Islip Terrace, Islip, Great River and East Islip, the elementary school-aged children described a bald man in his 40’s or 50’s with a white mustache or beard, reportedly driving a red pickup truck. Another child described the vehicle as a white van.

“I’ve spoken to my children, told them not to play in the front yard…keeping them in back yard,” Patrice Rebholz, of East Islip, said.

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In one case he had a female passenger in a white pickup truck.

Suffolk County police said four children have been approached but ran away from the man and were not harmed.

“It scares me. Scares me to think my children could be outside and some random person could just try to come and take them,” Jennifer Beaumont said. “It’s sad that we have to watch our kids like this and keep such close eye on them. You think you’re in a great neighborhood.”

Wendell Chu, superintendent of the more than 4,700 pupil East Islip school district sent letters to parents asking them to help instruct kids at home about stranger danger.

“Our kids reacted exactly as they should have. They went to a safe place. They reported to an adult. The adults were able to make police reports,” Chu said.

Comments (9)
  1. Alicante Airport says:

    Maybe you will want to add a facebook button to your website. I just marked down this blog, however I must complete this manually. Simply my 2 cents.

  2. Kelly says:

    Thumbs up to the 4 kids that got away and their parents. People are doing a great job teaching their kids that strangers aren’t your friends! Let’s hope they catch this clown and lock him up for a long time….

  3. T.C. says:

    This news is startling and makes us think of ways to improve the way we protect our children. What is more upsetting? CBSNY did not devulge the suspects details until late this evening, but mentioned the story as an evening news attraction! When our children are at risk, CBS, let the public know as soon as you know–Let try harder to protect our kids!

  4. mjust me says:

    its sick that you all find this something to joke about…

  5. claudia whitcomb says:

    Arm all our kids with guns and the first stranger to talk to them gets one between the eyes..

  6. Ho Lee Krap says:

    “…children described a bald man in his 40′s or 50′s…” Ah, more ‘in-depth reporting’ here. QUESTION: what is the ethnicity? Fat? Skinny? Tall? Short?
    There’s probably hundreds of thousands of bald men in their 40’s or 50’s on LI. Good job, CBS!

  7. michael says:

    I would consider sending my children to catholic schools but i have 2 boys and i would consider a priest even more of a danger

    1. Richard T. says:

      and how stupid are you to make such a comment about ALL priests?

      1. Dino says:

        It is priests in general that the writer was referring to. He is right, there have been far too many cases of priests abusing boys. I wouldn’t trust any either!

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