Waxahachie police are looking for a Caucasian male, possibly in his late 30s or early 40s and wearing eyeglasses, who allegedly photographed a Target customer’s daughter in an improper manner.
The incident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Friday at the store, located in the 1300 block of N. U.S. Highway 77.
Detective Sgt. Todd Woodruff said a customer saw an unidentified male who appeared to be taking photographs of the customer’s two children while they were in the toy aisle.
The customer told police he approached the man, who the customer said was kneeling down and pretending to look at toys while holding what appeared to be a small camera under one of the customer’s daughters’ skirts.
“When the customer confronted the man, he departed the store,” Woodruff said. “The customer summoned Target store security. They are assisting our detectives in the investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Waxahachie Police Department’s criminal investigation division at (972) 937-9940.
The Waxahachie case was the second case of alleged improper photography in the county on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Ennis police had arrested City Commissioner Dr. Steven C. Durbin on a state jail charge of improper photography or video recording after receiving a complaint from his female employees.
The women allege Durbin was taping them in a dressing room at his dental office, according to the arrest affidavit, which indicates a video recorder was recovered and also that Durbin admitted to the offense on tape.
Durbin was booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center and released on a $1,000 bond.
Earlier this year, Waxahachie police made an arrest in an alleged “Peeping Tom” case at Belk.
The case was reported May 2, with a juvenile female reporting to police that she saw a man looking under her changing room door at Belk while she was trying on clothing.
Following an investigation into the incident, police arrested Thomas Gordon Brown, 25, of Waxahachie in June on a class C misdemeanor warrant for disorderly conduct.
Brown had previously been issued a ticket for class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct relating to an incident in November 2006 at Target.
Police said it was an identical case to the one at Belk and involved Brown allegedly looking into a dressing room stall while a female was inside changing.
Class C misdemeanors are heard in municipal court. The status of the two cases was not immediately available.
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