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'Pepperbox Peeper' Possibly Sighted Again in Delmar, Md.

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DELMAR, Md.- Less than a month ago, WBOC reported about yet another sighting of the peeping Tom now infamously known as the "Pepperbox Peeper." He was first spotted almost four years ago in the Pepperbox Road area of Delmar, Del. However, recent sightings were reported on the Maryland side of Delmar. Now, it seems this "peeper" is at it again.

Mabeline Polk is one of dozens of folks who live on Pembroke Court who found a warning when she went to grab the mail Wednesday morning. It was a letter from a neighbor, saying she saw someone suspicious lurking at a home across the street. In the note, she detailed seeing an "all black shadow" against a house while she was out walking her dog at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"It's very distressing because you want to be safe in your surroundings and knowing this, it puts you on extra guard as far as paying attention to your surroundings," Polk said.

According to the note, the man, described as "dressed in all black with white sneakers" and "thin, about 6-feet tall" took off running. That is when the woman said she called police.

Linda Smith, who also lives on Pembroke Court, said she is concerned that these reports of a peeping Tom have crept into her neighborhood.

"We all have grandchildren now and having them play here and have to be worried all the time is not the way I would really like to live," she explained.

There is no way to know for sure if Wednesday morning's sighting was of the same "Pepperbox Peeper" seen throughout Delmar over the past few years. But Polk said if it is, it is about time he is stopped.

"It's very eerie," she told WBOC. "Because if he's been peeping this long, why hasn't he been caught as far as peeping into people's homes?"     

But as long as the peeper is out there, people in the neighborhood are standing firm.

"We need to outsmart them and just stand up and not let them have control of our neighborhoods," remarked Smith.

Maryland State Police said troopers were dispatched to the area early Wednesday morning but were unable to locate anyone. According to MSP, a recommendation is being made for increased patrols in Delmar, and residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity.

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