Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tagged

From the creep files:
I took a call from a grocery store manager when a customer found a pornographic photograph on the windshield of her car. She had kids with her and was apalled at the act.

I arrived at the store and was met by the loss prevention agent (a guy in plain clothes that catches shoplifters). The agent gave me the Poloroid photo below (I placed a plastic bag over the 'sensitive' part to reduce the disgust level.)

He told me this was the 3rd time in the past few weeks this type of photo has been left on a female shopper's car. He added he worked at a grocery store of the same chain a few miles away that was the victim of this same thing a few months ago. The pervert left several graphic photos inside that store hidden among food products and magazines. They were never able to catch the guy.

Nobody saw this guy place the picture on the woman's car so I took down the information I needed for my report and headed back to my patrol car outside. As I was leaving the store a teenage boy walked up and said, "Officer, I'm not sure what you're here for but there's an old guy in the store taking pictures of women with his cell phone camera." I asked the boy to show me where this was happening and he lead me to an aisle and pointed to a 60 year old man.

I walked quietly up to the man from behind and peered over his shoulder as he slowly shuffled forward while leaning over his shopping cart and held a cell phone in camera mode. I followed him halfway down the aisle and then asked him to stop. He turned around with a surpised look and a nervous smile. He told me he didn't know how to take pictures and was just trying to pull up the shopping list he programmed into it. He was unable to show me this list, however, and seemed uncomfortable to be talking to me.

I took down his information and returned to my patrol car to run a records check on him. His name and birthdate information checked out and he had no criminal record. I was about to leave and decided to take one more look at the photograph in my pocket. All I could see was a white male, a white male's junk, and a pair of grey sweatpants with a red and blue tag. Ding!!: The guy I just talked to was wearing grey sweatpants so I reentered the store to talk to him again. I found him exiting the main door and asked to see the tag inside his pants. He showed me the red and blue tag that matched perfectly to the photgraph. I also learned he moved to the area a few months ago and used to live near the other victimized store.

I showed him the photo and pointed out the matching pants and tag. He denied it was him and started acting even more nervous. Because the photo didn't show his face (and I wasn't about to ask him to drop his drawers for comparison check), I didn't have enough evidence to arrest him. I made it very clear, however, I knew it was him and told him I'd be at his door the next time any kind of photo showed up at any store. The store manager had him trespassed from the property so he's never allowed to return. They were also going to pull video surveillance from the other store to see if they could match him to those incidents. I knew the creep was getting off easy and wished I could have done something more to get him off the steets.

14 Comments:

At January 03, 2007 6:59 AM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

Making a man drop his drawers to make a positive ID...now *that* would be hilarious to witness!

 
At January 03, 2007 9:36 AM, Blogger Rob said...

I heard about a similar case at a church. The pastor confronted the guy who took off running into the church. Then the associate pastor came after him from a different direction, and then the youth pastor, the secretary and the janitor. He ran upstairs to the choir loft and every one closed in on him. Finally, they caught him.

By the organ.

:)

 
At January 03, 2007 3:49 PM, Blogger Bardouble29 said...

wow, nastly old man. Hopefully you can get something to nab him on, get him off the streets...

 
At January 03, 2007 10:35 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I know you had to let him go but that thought scares me. Who knows what else that pervert is up to. Kudos on being sharp enough to remember the pants in the picture though. At least you know who he is and can keep an eye on him.

 
At January 04, 2007 4:40 AM, Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Too bad you couldn't have shown him an identical photo... of the same "equipment" castrated...

 
At January 04, 2007 8:06 AM, Blogger Thomas Vickers said...

Not sure why I find this one so funny, but I do.

Dirty old pervert.
I hope you scared the crud out of him.

I guess dirty old perverts getting busted because they are stupid is funny.

 
At January 04, 2007 10:23 AM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

LOL!

What a nut case. Doh..

I mean, er, uh...

What a dick. Doh!

You know what I mean...

 
At January 04, 2007 1:40 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

Hmmm...I guess sometimes the stereotype about dirty old men actually happens.

 
At January 05, 2007 4:00 PM, Anonymous LC said...

At least you can keep your sense of humor. Is this an example of detective training in action?

 
At January 05, 2007 7:46 PM, Blogger Craig D said...

Look for the union label...

Creepy.

 
At January 05, 2007 11:33 PM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

Knock, knock. Anybody home?

 
At January 06, 2007 11:11 AM, Blogger Jason said...

Good job there guy.

 
At January 07, 2007 11:07 PM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

I'm just out walking my beat...

 
At January 18, 2007 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, since it is entirely possible that he even took that picture with his camera phone...

Would you have been in the right had you asked to see his camera phone?

 

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