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Police Chief Describes Incident As Suspicious Behavior, But Not Luring

Incident occurred on Glenwood Drive on Thursday afternoon, police say

Although the incident involving a minivan and two young girls on Thursday on Glenwood Drive is still considered suspicious, it did not rise to the level of luring, Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said this afternoon.

"This is considered an isolated incident at this time," the chief said. "However, parents should always remain vigilant. It should be noted that these two girls did exactly what they were told to do in "Stranger Danger" classes."

The investigation into the incident involving a light teal-colored minivan and the two girls - ages 7 and 9 - is continuing, DiMichele said.

"This incident is not being considered a luring case at this time," she said.


The two girls were playing in the yard when they noticed a vehicle slow to a stop in front of the yard. The minivan was driven by a female in her late 20s to early 30s, the chief said.

A young female in the van between 11 and 13 years old, was seated in the back of the minivan, along with a small boy in a car seat. The young female was the one who asked the two girls if they "wanted to come for a ride," DiMichele said.

"The two girls immediately ran to one of their houses," the chief said. "The minivan left the area at a normal speed.  There was no adult male observed in the vehicle at all."

The issue surfaced at the Oct. 25 Board of Education meeting when Berkeley Township Schools Superintendent James D. Roselli announced that reports of a luring incident were unsubstantiated.

Superintendent James D. Roselli sent an e-mail Friday afternoon informing the district staff that DiMichele had called him at 12:45 p.m. to confirm a suspicious incident.

The investigation into the incident is continuing, the chief said today.

Lori October 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
so now Roselli is the authority on criminal activity in town, (maybe he should stick to running the schools or at the very least check with the police dept. before making these kind of statements, the difference between ubsubstantiated and suspicious is like night and day!
smrh October 27, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I'm not a trained officer but being a parent and hearing that someone pulled in front of my home asking if my children wanted to go for a ride?? It does kinda sound like luring even if another child asked the question. And from what I have been hearing that is how they are doing it know.. using small children to get other kids... But I trust berkeley police dept! And as always never leave your child unattended in the front yard! It's definitely nothing like it used to be around here!
tired of berkeley schools October 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Roselli the only thing he really is an authority on is sweeping things under the rug and passing the buck. Other than classes on those he should not be in chargeor lead anything.
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