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Newton police warn about suspicious activity

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – Newton Police are investigating a report of suspicious activity that occurred on High St Monday afternoon, according to Newton Police Chief Michael Richards.

On Feb. 13, Newton High School officials contacted police to report suspicious activity that occurred on Monday, February 11, at around 3:00 p.m., Richards said. 

It was reported that a 15-year-old male student informed school officials that while he was walking on High Street (Route 94) in the area of Summit Avenue, he passed a red four-door pickup truck with a cap parked in a gravel parking area on the side of the roadway, Richards said.

The truck was occupied by a white man in the driver’s seat that was described as a balding and in his 20’s, Richards said.

As the student walked by the truck, he saw the man in the truck holding a phone up in front of his face and heard him say “pretty face” multiple times. The man never exited the truck and did not appear to make direct contact with him. The vehicle remained parked, Richards said.

There was concern that the man was video recording the student, though it was unclear as he may have been possibly talking on speaker phone, Richards said. 

“We commend the student and Newton Public Schools officials for reporting this suspicious activity so that it can be investigated further,” Richards said.

The incident remains under investigation and if anyone has information that may be related to this case, you’re asked to contact the Newton Police Department at 973-383-2525 or can send a tip via text anonymously to “CRIMES” (274-637) with the keyword NEWTON.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy Newton Police Department)