TOWNSEND -- Townsend police have identified the operator of a silver Toyota Prius that was involved in suspicious activity in Timberlee Park on Aug. 10.

The driver was seen acting suspiciously in an area where children were playing. When approached by an adult male, the operator stated that he was lost. When located by police, the operator was seen talking to a 15-year-old female who was walking her dog in the area.

After an extensive interview, this individual also admitted to being in the area of an 11-year-old female who was frightened by his suspicious activities while she was waiting for the school bus in Highland Street back in January of this year. This incident was relayed to parents of children attending schools in Townsend by the school and was also distributed through local media outlets, which led to reports of this vehicle in several other incidents in the surrounding area.

Chief Erving Marshall stated that although this individual has admitted to no wrongdoing and there is insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime at this time, he remains under investigation and is on our "radar screen." His information has been relayed to other law enforcement agencies in the event that similar incidents occur and no suspect is identified.

Marshall said any incidents that occur or have occurred and are not yet reported to police involving this vehicle or any other suspicious incident should be reported to police immediately.


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