Cops: ‘Suspicious person’ at Seekonk bus stop eyeing recyclables

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Seekonk police say a suspicious person spotted near a bus stop Thursday morning was not suspicious at all.

A middle school student told police a man driving an old, small pickup truck stopped in directly in front of the student between 7:40 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on Newman Avenue and stared. The student said the driver then took off, giving the student the middle finger as he drove away.

Police Chief Craig Mace said information from a Seekonk firefighter and a Seekonk special police officer helped School Resource Operator Matthew Gardner locate the truck in question.

Mace said the driver of the truck confirmed the encounter and told Gardner he was interested in recyclable materials near the student’s residence. Mace said there was no ill intent toward the student.

“We appreciate the information provided to us by the firefighter and special police officer. We also appreciate and commend the student’s actions of moving away from the man and notifying a parent,” Mace said.


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