``Blue light bandits' who recently plagued motorists in Davidson, Forsyth and Gaston counties have returned to Guilford County after a seven-month absence.
Two women were followed by vehicles flashing blue lights late Monday night and Tuesday morning in the McLeansville and Whitsett areas of eastern Guilford County, said Guilford County Sheriff's Capt. D.F. Summers.But the culprit in each case ended his pursuit when one woman turned into a side street and the other woman went to a truck stop.
Summers didn't know whether the incidents were related to others, though a Bronco or Blazer in one incident is similar to a vehicle spotted in two other incidents in Forsyth and Davidson counties.
Since Oct. 20, police have had at least five blue light reports in Davidson and Forsyth counties. But law officers cannot recall any in Guilford County since April 25 when a woman stopped her car on Interstate 85 near Archdale for a vehicle flashing a white light. She fled when the driver got out of his car.
The Piedmont's first blue light incident led to the 1978 unsolved rape of a Level Cross woman.
Authorities say motorists should listen for a siren and drive to a well-lit area before stopping for a flashing blue or white light on the dashboard. They should keep the motor running, the door locked, and try to get a license plate number.
At 11:30 p.m. Monday, a McLeansville woman was driving east on U.S. 70 toward Burlington when she noticed what appeared to be a dark Ford LTD behind her. The driver placed a blue light on his dashboard, activated it, tailgated and flashed his headlights, Summers said. When the woman turned onto Pine Tree Road, the other car continued east on 70.
At 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, a Whitsett woman southbound from Burlington on I-85 saw a dark blue Blazer or Bronco-type vehicle behind her flashing a blue light.
The woman did not stop until she drove into the T/A Truck Stop at I-85 and N.C. 61, Summers said. The other driver headed north on N.C. 61.
Davidson County has had 8 to 10 blue light reports this year, said Davidson Sheriff's Capt. Billy Nail. The most recent occurred Nov. 21 south of Thomasville. A man said he pulled over for a blue and white pickup truck with a flashing blue light on its dashboard. The pickup truck drove past him and continued north. He saw two men inside and a weapon on the dashboard.