"Peeping Tom" Incidents Have San Carlos Residents on Alert

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    Police on the Peninsula are on the hunt for a "peeping tom," a man who startled at least two women while they were showering in the privacy of their homes. Bob Redell reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013)

    Police on the Peninsula are on the hunt for a "peeping tom," a man who startled at least two women while they were showering in the privacy of their homes.

    The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is looking for a person who has been lurking outside windows in a neighborhood in the northern part of downtown San Carlos.

    There have been two instances, both on Laurel Street, both between 9 and 11 p.m. at night. 

    The first incident took place Tuesday of last week. A woman showering in her home in the 100-block of Laurel called police when she saw someone watching her. 
       
    Then again, this past Monday night, at a home on the same block the same situation occurred: a woman in the shower and a peeping tom just outside the window.

    "Both instances involved bathroom windows, so the individuals inside were showering or in the bathroom area," said San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Rebecca Rosenblatt. "The best thing we're saying to the residents of this area is help us help you. Make sure that you draw your blinds at night…lock your windows."

    Police completed a neighborhood check of the surrounding area after the second instance, but no suspects were found.

    Investigators don't have a suspect description. In one instance, all the woman saw was a pair of hands pressing up against her window, which was made of textured glass.

    In the other instance, the glass was clear, but all the woman could see were a set of eyes that quickly disappeared.

    Anyone who sees someone appearing suspicious or loitering is urged to call 911.