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Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: Two Cases of Male Motorists Approaching Girls Are Isolated, Not Cause For Alarm

Dec 21, 2011 10:29 AM

Two incidents involving male motorists approaching young female students on their way to school last week have no apparent connection and are not a cause for alarm, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa said on Tuesday.

Town Police said last week they had placed extra patrols near all schools in the town after a man approached a Bridgehampton School student last Thursday morning, December 15, on Norris Drive and asked if she wanted a ride to school.

The next morning, on Friday, a Southampton Intermediate School student was waiting at a bus stop on Lakeside Drive off North Sea Road in North Sea, when a man drove by her a few times, making her nervous, police said.

Neither girl was harmed, officers said.

“There was nothing to cause an alarm. There were no attempts at abductions,” Sgt. Costa said. “Basically, the two incidents are isolated.”

Two different men are believed to be involved, she said.

Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said last Thursday that a man in a four-door sedan 
approached a junior-high-school-aged girl about a block from the Bridgehampton 
School and offered her a ride. “The child had the wherewithal not to get in the car,” Sgt. Ralph said.

The student reported the incident to school officials, who 
then alerted police at about 9:30 a.m. Police said they did not have the exact time of the incident, but said it may have been around 8 a.m. They did not provide a copy of the incident report.

In the North Sea case, the student reported the incident to the Southampton Intermediate School psychologist, who then called police shortly before 8 a.m.

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Thank God this girl did not get in the car and reported the incident when she arrived at school. She is to be commended and applauded not only for using good sense and protecting herself but for spreading the word which may save someone else. .
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Dec 16, 11 4:43 PM
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Dec 16, 11 5:19 PM
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By C Law (350), Water Mill on Dec 16, 11 6:57 PM
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By sparkyibew (6), southampton on Dec 16, 11 7:15 PM
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By Spikeland67 (25), Sag Harbor on Dec 16, 11 8:23 PM
Nothing to cause an alarm......... That is until something happens....wow talk about being asleep at the switch. While there's always been crime,the eastern end of Long Island has always been considered safe... When I was growing up we never locked our doors. But it's not 1976. Pay attention people.
By Biba (564), East Hampton on Dec 21, 11 8:30 AM
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What the heck is going on...No Alarm? Every child is considered bait to these predators, they sit and wait for the perfect opportunity. I don't want to see our community on the news dealing with an abduction. We need to learn from others mistakes, not by making our own!
By 1bigfish (18), Hampton Bays on Dec 21, 11 9:48 AM
Just because the police do not believe these incidents are related does not mean to me that there is no need for concern. The fact that both of these students sensed they were not safe has real validity to me. Again, I think these students should be commended for reporting the incidents. Much better to be safe than sorry.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Dec 21, 11 10:01 AM
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these children knew not to acknowledge or follow these prev's requests thanks to our school districtsand parents who educate the kids. Kudos to the girls and their supporting staff!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Dec 21, 11 6:19 PM
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