Police: Darien Kids Approached By Woman Offering Puppies

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Darien police said three children reported being approached by a woman in and SUV or hatchback offering them puppies.
Darien police said three children reported being approached by a woman in and SUV or hatchback offering them puppies. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, Conn. -- Three children told Darien police that they were approached by a woman who offered them puppies as they walked home from school on Middlesex Road on Tuesday.

At about 2:45 p.m., Darien police received three different reports of children being approached as they walked home from school, according to police.

The incidents occurred on Middlesex Road by Libby Lane, Middlesex Road by Noroton Avenue, and Middlesex Road by Hollow Tree Ridge Road, police said.

The children all described the woman as middle-aged with blonde/gray shoulder length hair and wearing a light blue shirt, police said. She was driving a tan or beige older SUV or hatchback with stickers on the rear bumper, tinted rear windows and a cage that divided the trunk area from the rear passenger seat, according to police reports.

There were two white posters with pictures of puppies on the rear passenger window.

The kids told police that the woman asked, "Do you want puppies?" as she approached them. Police said the children replied, "No," and the woman continued to travel north on Middlesex Road.

Police said they do not believe there was any criminal intent, but are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or the vehicle to contact the detective bureau at 203-662-5330.

"Parents are urged to discuss with their children what to do in this type of incident," police said in a statement.  

"The children reacted appropriately by avoiding contact with the female or engaging her in conversation.  These types of incidents should be immediately reported to an adult and or the police department."

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Parents should be proud of their kids in this situation.