Suspicious Teddy-bear waving man sought by Bradenton police

November 10, 2013 

BRADENTON — Bradenton police say they are looking for a man who tried to lure with a teddy bear a girl playing near her home.

About 7 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of "suspicious activity" in the 1800 block of 23rd Avenue West.

Officers learned that a girl playing near her home was approached by an unknown man who held out a teddy bear as he spoke.

As a parent of the girl started to approach, he drove off. The suspect was described as 55 to 65 years old with no facial hair and a bald spot on his head. He was driving a gray Mercury Grand Marquis. 

Anyone with information on this case can call Bradenton police at 941-932-9300; Detective K.B. Magown, 941-932-9309; or stay anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 or send an anonymous etip to

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