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article imagePeeping Tom caught on camera watching girls in dressing room

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jul 23, 2011 in Crime
Two recent incidences show the importance of being alert to your surroundings even in the dressing room of a department store.
Two 14-year-old girls were at a Macy's store on June 11 trying on prom dresses. They were taking pictures of themselves while in the dressing room of the dresses they were trying on.
The picture showed the girls in pretty dresses. But there was another person in the photo that they were not aware of being there. The photo showed a man on his hands and knees looking under the door of the girl's dressing room.
One of the girl's said, "Our jaw dropped when we saw that someone was looking in on us." reported
Sam Black, the father of one of the girls was furious and contacted Macy's and turned the photo over to the Flint Township Police Department.
Macy's released the following statement about the incident: "Macy's condemns this type of improper behavior and does everything possible to prevent it. When any associate or customer witnesses incidents such as this, we urge them to report it to store management so that we can take the appropriate action, including alerting local law enforcement."
Black is not criticizing the local Macy's or the police department. He does want parents, kids and corporations to be aware this goes on all over. reports Black said, "It's being treated like an isolated incident, but it's not an isolated incident. This is happening to not only my daughter, but to other daughters. It makes me furious what he's doing! And he needs to be caught."
In Kansas City, Mo a mother and her daughter were shopping at a Sears at Antioch Center. The mother went into one dressing room and the daughter into another one.
When the mother came out of the dressing room she saw a man on the floor and thought he was an employee of the store. He told her he was looking for someone.
The mother went back into the dressing room when the man came back in and bent down looking into her daughter's dressing room. reports the girl said, "She started screaming, 'Security, security. There's a peeping tom on my daughter.'"
The man ran out of the dressing room and the store and the police were called.
The man was captured on surveillance video but so far has not been caught.
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