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Police investigate two indecent exposure cases

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By Chris Sardelli

 Christopher Sardelli

csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

Police are looking for suspects in two indecent exposure incidents that happened during a 24-hour period late last month. 

The first incident was reported Jan. 27, by employees of Dollar General, 1002 N. Main St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

A store manager told officers that two days earlier, during a weekend shift, an unknown man came into the store and exposed himself, the report said. 

The manager said an employee was working the register when the man approached wanting to buy several items. That’s when the employee noticed the man had exposed himself, the report said. 

Officers reviewed store surveillance footage which showed a white man, between 25 and 35 years old, wearing a blue and white shirt and jeans, the report said. 

Though the man was not exposed when he walked into the store, they noticed that after the man walked down an aisle, he unzipped his pants and exposed himself, the report said. He then continued walking around the store. 

The man is then seen walking to the check-out counter where he attempted several times to expose himself to the clerk, the report said. 

He then paid for his items and left the store. 

The manager told officers that another employee remembered that the same man had done the same thing before, about a year earlier. 

The next day, Jan. 28, officers were once again searching for a suspect in a separate indecent exposure incident.

In that case, officers spoke with a 20-year-old woman who said as she was leaving Dollar Tree, 953 S.C. 9 Bypass, she noticed a man staring at her from inside a parked Ford Mustang, another incident report said. 

It wasn’t until she got inside her car that she noticed something was wrong, the woman told officers.

“(The victim) stated that the Mustang door was open and the driver had on no pants,” an officer wrote in the report. “(The victim) stated that she then pulled away in her vehicle.”

The woman told officers the unknown man then drove away past the Walmart and onto S.C. 9 Bypass. 

The man is described as white, with short brown hair, and wearing a light blue collar shirt and a tan sweater, the report said. The victim also recalled the man was driving a white Mustang, with a tan top and black line down the side. 

Officers later viewed surveillance footage from the Walmart parking lot and saw the Mustang leaving the area. The police department planned on releasing a “be on the lookout” alert, or BOLO, for the car, the report said. 

Both indecent exposure cases were turned over to the police department’s detective division, though it was unknown Tuesday, Feb. 4, if anyone has been charged or arrested in either incident. 

It is also unknown if the two cases are related. 

If you know anything about either incident, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313, or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli               at (803) 416-8416