Pantyhose problem plagues neighborhood
The case of the "Pantyhose Bandit" has neighbors on Geneseo Circle creeped out and at their wit's end: the culprit keeps dumping pairs of ladies' tights right by their children's bus stop on Camp Street.
"It's weird, it's odd, it's scary for the kids," said Laurie Warich, looking at three of the black undergarments and one skin-colored pair left on the street early yesterday morning.
The perplexed neighbors have sought police help to solve the caper that has gone on for longer than two years.
"It's just crazy," said Ashlee Siegel, mom to a kindergartner and fifth-grader.
"I picked 43 up one day - 43 pair, one day," said Warich.
Chief Thomas O'Loughlin said police have done some work and talked to a person of interest, but he doesn't have the resources to dedicate to a full investigation over pantyhose.
By the books, the only crime here is littering, O'Loughlin said.
"It's not a situation where you'd put two detectives on overtime and have them sit there every night. The end doesn't justify the means," he said.
Geneseo Circle's Deb Nilan said her 12-year-old son caught a license plate while waiting for the bus just before summer vacation started. He provided a statement to police, she said.
The neighbors say they tracked the plates and black pickup truck to someone they believe to be the culprit, the "Pantyhose Bandit" as they call him.
Warich confronted the man at his home, dropping the latest delivery on his front steps and saying, "We'd like you to stop," she said.
"He's like, no those aren't mine," Warich said.
After the confrontation, the streets went tights-free for a few weeks, but then the trouble recently started again, she said.
"It's almost like he's being spiteful," Nilan said.
O'Loughlin said the crime isn't happening anywhere else in town - it's something about this particular location: a dead-end street off the north end of Purchase.
"We don't know why they're doing it - we don't know who's doing it," he said.
The neighbors say they call police every time it happens, which is typically three or four times per week.
"We've called and called and called," Siegel said.
Warich said police have taken three pairs of pantyhose as evidence.
The tights that are dropped are mostly always black and "queen sized," sometimes used, sometimes not, the neighbors say.
"It's kind of gross," Siegel said.
The ladies say they are considering doing an amateur sting using a video camera and walkie-talkies, not knowing what else to do to catch the culprit.
"It's up to us, should we do a sting? It's pathetic," said Nilan, who has three young boys. "... We're just beyond frustrated."
Danielle Ameden can be reached at 508-634-7521 or email@example.com.
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