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Morgan Co. officials looking for voyeurism suspect

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 23:15:17-04

MORGAN, Utah — The Morgan County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a peeping Tom, after residents caught a man creeping around their neighborhood.

In one case, police report he tried to spy on a teenage girl using a cell phone.

Ivy Avenue sits in a quiet Morgan neighborhood. It's not a place you'd expect to find someone slinking around before dawn, peering into windows.

"We were really shooken [sic] up by it ," said Holly, who did not want to give her last name for privacy.

Holly said she heard a noise outside her window as she awoke to get ready around 5:20 a.m in early February.

"At first I couldn't see him, but I could continue to hear him," Holly recounted. "He was just right up under the window."

Holly said she looked out the window and could hear footsteps in the snow as the man made his getaway.

"I pounded on my window at him, he continued to run," she said.

Then last week on April 18, just down the street from Holly, another resident had a similar unsettling experience.

"She came running into my room just scared to death, told me that she could see a phone up in the bathroom window, recording," explained Marcy, whose teen daughter found the man spying on her while she was in her bathroom around 6 a.m.

Marcy, who also did not want to use her last name, said her daughter thought the cell phone was recording.

The person holding it, was presumably standing on an AC unit outside to reach the small window.

"She saw the phone come back up again a second time, so it was pretty clear what she was seeing," Marcy said.

They think the same man came back a second time earlier this week on April 25, when Marcy's daughter heard a lot of noise outside the same window, and tapping on the glass.

Luckily, a sheet now hanging in that window blocked him out.

The incidents have Marcy wondering: How long has this been happening?

"I just don't really know what footage there is, or if he had come multiple times and that was the first time she caught him," Marcy said.

On top of that, another question: Are these the only two homes the voyeur's been spying on, or are there others in the neighborhood?

Morgan County Sheriff's Office deputies are doing what they can to keep residents safe.

"Doing some extra patrolling, we got some of our unmarked vehicles, hanging around the area," Chief Deputy Kevin Edwards said.

He said the case is disturbing, and also frustrating because they don't have a lot to go on.

"There's been no really pattern to check on. We have no suspects at all," he said.

While they don't have any suspect information, he said judging by footprints found near the windows, he does think the person is an adult male.

Marcy said neighbors have called to offer support and let her know that they are staying on alert.

Holly said they immediately took safety steps, like installing motion sensor lights, to keep the Peeping Tom away for good.