A Glen Cove man was arrested Tuesday after he kept driving alongside a teenager walking home from school Monday afternoon in Glen Cove and offered her money to get into his pickup truck, city police said.
Umberto Stanco, 79, had offered the girl, 15, a ride home when he spotted her on School Street near Highland Road about 5:30 p.m., Glen Cove City police said.
He rubbed his fingers together, meaning he'd give her money if she hopped in, Det. Lt. John Nagle said.
When she turned him down, he followed her for a few blocks and stopped twice in his vehicle, a white Nissan Frontier pickup that was caught on one of the surveillance cameras that the city recently installed in public garages and streets, police said.
Police on Tuesday afternoon had asked for the public's help in finding the driver and released a photo of the pickup truck.
A Glen Cove patrol officer later spotted the Nissan in the area, a vehicle that Nagle had believed would be the key to finding the driver because it was "distinctive," with running boards and sun visor.
Stanco, the owner of the car, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and first-degree harassment, a violation. His station house bail was to be set at $500, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
Nagle said Stanco, who speaks Italian and is not fluent in English, has not said much about the allegations.
"He puts himself downtown, but he's not telling us he was soliciting," the detective said.Nagle said the city's 50 or so surveillance cameras, installed in April with a federal grant, were vital in nabbing the suspect: "The surveillance cameras in the downtown area played a major role in bringing a quick arrest to this case."
He said the cameras feed directly into the Glen Cove Police Department.