Published in the August 29, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — A 13-year-old West Side girl was approached by a stranger in a black sedan as she walked to a friend’s house early yesterday afternoon, police said. Officer Amy Rando responded to Outlook Road just after 1 p.m. after the girl’s mother called police.

The girl said that she was walking from her home to a friend’s house on Parker Road when an older black 4-door sedan pulled up next to her. The driver said, “Hi, I’m your neighbor. Do you need a ride?”

The girl did not recognize the man, described as a man about 50 years old, with a husky build, short, dark hair and dark skin with a slight foreign accent. The girl stayed on the sidewalk and did not approach the car. The man drove off and did not return. The girl immediately called her mother, who then called police.

Police have posted the incident on roll call.

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Police responded to a barber shop on the 400 block of Main Street after the owner called police at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday to report that her business had been burglarized over the weekend.

The owner said that she closed the shop at 5 p.m. of Saturday. When she went back to the shop Monday afternoon, she found items scattered all over the shop and drawers and cabinets open and empty. Scissors, clippers, razors and other items were missing. Also missing was cash from a donation bin for veterans that contained an estimated $1,500 to $2,000.

Police said there was no sign of forced entry but the owner pointed to a back door to the barber shop that opens to a hallway connecting other businesses in the building and said that a door in that hallway leads to an alley where homeless individuals are know to frequent. Police checked the alley and did find items that belonged to the shop.

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Police received another report of possible entry into the vacant former Boit Home at 5 Bennett St. Police plan to monitor the location.