Police: Series of attempted lurings of girls in Northeast

Police on Friday were investigating attempted lurings of children in Northeast Philadelphia that may be connected.

The incidents began Tuesday and were reported in the city’s Somerton, Wissinoming, and Frankford sections.

In several instances, the perpetrator was described as a Hispanic man with a beard driving a black vehicle and offering girls money if they would let him take pictures of them, police said.

On Tuesday, two children reported they were in the 400 block of Tomlinson Road in Somerton about 3:15 p.m. when they were approached by a man in a black vehicle who offered each of them cash if they got into the back of the vehicle.

On Thursday, someone reported that a man fitting the same description was standing outside the Sullivan School gym at 5300 Ditman Street in Frankford about 10:30 a.m. and was taking pictures of children and following them.

There were four other possibly connected incidents, police said.

Anyone with information can call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251 or dial 911.