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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Peeping Tom in Holdrege

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Peeping Tom in Holdrege

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

HOLDREGE — The town of Holdrege, Neb. is on edge after a neighbor caught a strange man on his property, apparently touching himself near a window on camera.

The man, whose identity is being withheld by police as part of their ongoing investigation, noticed suspicious activity happening around his home in August. He then set up a surveillance camera to try to catch the culprit.

He checked the camera footage last Friday, and immediately turned the photos in to police.

“He was just as shocked as we were when he downloaded those photos and saw this guy in his backyard,” said Holdrege Police Officer Jeff Werner.

The footage shows the peeping Tom apparently spying on people while touching himself.

It has neighbors distraught, and wanting answers.

“I’m mad for one thing, and I’m disappointed,” said Dean Orcutt a resident of Sherman Street for nearly 30 years, who saw the images online. “The thing of it is when you have women and children, it makes you more nervous.”

Police say they've received prowler reports from different Holdrege neighborhoods.

Holdrege Police posted the images on Facebook, which have now been shared more than 2,000 times. Police say that has helped them in their investigation.

“Based on those shares, we have received information from people that we’re actively following leads upon,” Officer Werner said.

But until those tips lead to an arrest, neighbors say they're still on edge.

“It’s a little concerning thinking that there’s someone out there that thinks this is OK,” said Tiffany Hunt, whose lived in the area with her husband for two years. She says the community has always felt safe.

“We don’t normally close the blinds or windows,“ she said.

The photos are time stamped in 2013, but officers say the owner didn't set up the date function properly before installing the camera. The photos are believed to be recent.

Again, the identity of the home and homeowner are not being released in an effort to not compromise the case.

If and when an arrest is made, police say the suspect will face charges for unlawful intrusion and trespassing.

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