Gloversville police trying to ID man

GLOVERSVILLE – Authorities are looking for the public’s help in identifying a suspicious man who approached a girl while she was walking to summer school.

Police said officers responded to a call July 15 of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Cayadutta and Vine streets. It was reported a teenage girl was approached by a man at about 7 a.m. while she was walking to summer school at the Middle School.

According to police, the girl said she was walking alone on the sidewalk on Cayadutta, nearing West Fulton Street, when a silver, four-door hatchback car pulled across the sidewalk and blocked the girl’s path.

The driver of the car was alone and asked the girl where she was going and if she needed a ride. The girl said the man – who said his name was Mike – claimed to know her, police.

He also added that he was a friend of her mother’s and the girl told the man that she didn’t need a ride and continued on her way although the driver continued to talk to her, police said.

Police said he told the girl he was from Michigan, and he was in the area selling real estate.

She continued on her walk toward West Fulton Street and the male drove towards South Main Street, police said.

After being shown pictures of various vehicles, police said, the girl indicated the vehicle most resembled a Subaru Outback Sport.

Police said the man was described as a white male in his mid-40s, with short black hair and a salt and pepper beard. He was wearing a white ball cap-with no noticeable logo- and a black or green shirt with an unknown logo on the left chest.

Officers checked the area for a similar vehicle and any males matching that description. At this time, several people have been interviewed, however, none have been determined to be involved.

Capt. of Detectives Anthony Clay said this is believed to be an isolated incident and the department hasn’t received reports of similar incidents.

Clay advised parents to take the precautions they normally do with their children.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Detective Sgt. Mike Jory at 773-4569.