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Officials investigating 'Peeping Tom'

Monday, September 22, 2008

An alleged "Peeping Tom" in the area has law enforcement officials recommending that people close their curtains, lock their homes and cars.

Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed to The Brazil Times Monday that officers responded to a recent isolated incident of a suspicious individual in the area of Southgate Apartments.

"We received a call early Friday morning that a man was looking in windows and cars," Harrison said.

Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti and Patrolman Todd Stemm discovered a person hiding in back of the property. When the officers shined a spotlight on the person and called out "stop running," the suspect ran into the wooded area.

With assistance from members of the BCPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department, K-9 Handler/Deputy Brison Swearingen and K-9 Officer Dayk were able to detect a scent but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds and last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with blue jeans.

Although officials don't know the exact reason why the suspect was looking in windows, Harrison said some people are always looking for opportunities.

"We get six or eight reports a year," Harrison said. "Sometimes, a person is just walking in the area and there's an opportunity to look in on someone to see what they are doing. People are curious and they have a tendency to be voyeurs."

However, some people could be looking for an opportunity for mischief.

"They could be looking to see if a person lives alone, how many people live in the home or what they have," Harrison said. "They could be casing a home or car so they can return later to steal something."

Whatever the reason, Harrison said homeowners could take action to protect themselves.

"It's always a good idea to make sure curtains are closed at night and all doors, including car doors, are locked," Harrison said. "If anyone sees someone acting strange around their neighborhood, night or day, they need to contact police."

To report suspicious activity or make a report about a crime, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211. To report a crime in progress, contact 911.

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Really?!? Most people tend to be voyeurs? So what you're saying is most people get sexual gratification from window peeking, because that is the definition of a voyeur,

-- Posted by Blu8 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 9:02 AM

Why do they call it a peeping Tom? Why did they have to pick that name? Kinda like a John is someone that picks up a hooker or a crapper

-- Posted by bartpeterson24 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 12:43 PM

It comes from the story of Lady Godiva, who rode naked through the streets in exchange for tax relief for the poor. Apparently she asked that everyone stay inside and not look at her. Everyone obeyed her wishes except for a blacksmith named Tom who peeped.

-- Posted by Anodos on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 2:19 PM

This guy's been peeping for awhile now, most of southgate knows to close windows and blinds at night. If I see him, I'm close to 300 pounds, he'll get more than an eye full! I think Southgate needs security cameras anyway, just so they can fine the dog owners not cleaning up after their pets like they're supposed to--it's littering!

-- Posted by tigger47834 on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 8:27 PM

I just want all my neighbors in Southgate to know that even though I was off duty I heard about this incident and stayed out all night walking around the neighborhood till about 6:00am. Which was nice because I got to talk and meet with some of you. If you have any questions feel free to speak with me anytime you see me out.

-- Posted by bucklin on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 8:11 PM

"I just want all my neighbors in Southgate to know that even though I was off duty I heard about this incident and stayed out all night walking around the neighborhood till about 6:00am."

Excellent police officer right there. All cops should be this eager to help out the community even if they are off-duty.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 9:18 AM


As to crapper...Thomas Crapper manufactured flush toilets I believe in England and improved the way the tank emptied into the bowl and refilled. Many toilets in England were his and had his name imprinted on them which is why in past they were called by that name; sort of like the way we call a face tissue a Kleenex. Kleenex is really just a popular brand and not what the item is named. Later it was associated with many things related to the toilet...the rest is history. The Etymology, or history of words, is quite fascinating. You'd be surprised where some of them come from and are many times a mixture of languages from countries that have conquered others. Now with our globalization, we have more words that are cognates in more languages. Especially the new words that are related to technology. Now back to topic...

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 11:30 AM

I hope we get Mr. Peeping Tom. I agree with Pro Se, I applaud the great officer that lives in Southgate Apartments, he is a concerned person who has a heart for his job.

-- Posted by MensRea2008 on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 11:56 PM

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 7:46 AM

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