BERLIN — Police got some unexpected aid in their search for a motorcyclist who fled the scene of a crash Monday afternoon, with three sketches given to officers by local children.
“We haven’t had youth sketch artists before, but we’re thankful because it's gotten a lot of attention,” Berlin Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ciuci said.
The incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a motorcycle crashed into a guardrail in the area of 501 Berlin Turnpike. The motorcycle operator ran into the woods and evaded an extensive police search that included the use of police dogs. While officers were searching the area, three children approached and handed them the drawings, Ciuci said.
“Witnesses, who were playing in the neighborhood, presented police with suspect drawings. Thanks to Myla, Joyce and Julian for their investigative assistance,” said a Facebook post from the department, with the three sketches attached, two of which are titled “Bad guy” and “I don’t know how to drive.”
“We just thought it was great these kids felt comfortable to come up to the officers ... it reinforces all the work we’re doing in the community is paying off,” he said.
Ciuci hopes that the attention brought to the case — the department’s Facebook post had been shared over 175 times as of Wednesday afternoon — will encourage more witnesses or people with information to come forward.
“We are working on some leads and we’re working on locating the operator,” he said.