Bay Shore dad: Man featured in News 12 story about attempted theft is same man who followed his child home
A father from Bay Shore says his daughter believes a man featured in a News 12 story about an attempted theft is the same man who followed her home from school.
Robert Sheerin says his neighbor sent him a News 12 story about a man with a fake identification who was captured on a resident’s doorbell camera attempting to take a FedEx package just a few blocks away from his home.
Upon seeing that footage, Sheerin says his 12-year-old daughter recognized the suspect by the lunch bag he was carrying.
His daughter says the suspect in that story followed her for three blocks as she walked home from the school bus the other day.
“She gets off at Woodland Drive. She has to walk a short distance down the secluded back road, at which point she turns up onto Bradish and then walks home,” said Sheerin.
Sheerin says a neighbor who witnessed the individual following her jumped into action.
“Thankfully, he intervened. He came over with his truck. He made sure she got in the house told her to lock the doors,” he said.
After speaking with neighbors, Sheerin learned that the man was also with someone with a car in the neighborhood.
After his daughter returned home to safety, the two individuals allegedly returned to the bus stop area.
“They drove around the block and went back,” Sheerin said. “My daughter’s is the earliest of the afternoon stops, so there will be more stops at that same location.”
Sheerin says after gathering all the facts, he contacted the police.
“We're blessed to live in such a nice neighborhood and have such great neighbors, but it's certainly concerning and something I hope can be resolved,” he said.