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Photo Credit: Courtesy RIDGEWOOD PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy RIDGEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Ridgewood High School girl approached by a man who asked whether she wanted some candy this afternoon snapped a cellphone shot of his van as it pulled away, police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.

The girl told police the driver had a passenger with him in the black Ford Econoline that slowed down as she walked on East Ridgewood Avenue near Hope Street around 3:15 p.m.

The van, possibly a 2007 through 2013, bore New Jersey plates, with running boards on the sides and backup sensors on the rear bumper.

The girl estimated that the driver, who was white, is in his early 50s, about 5-foot-9 and 240 pounds.

She described the passenger as younger, dark-skinned and possibly Hispanic.

“She was very observant — and had the presence of mind to take the photo,” Police Chief John Ward said.

Ward asked that anyone with information that could help the investigation call village detectives: ( 201) 251-4536

IMAGE: Courtesy RIDGEWOOD PD

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