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Berlin Walmart Peeping Tom Suspect Arrested

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BERLIN, Md.- Police on Monday announced the arrest of a Pennsylvania man wanted in connection with an alleged peeping Tom incident at the Berlin Walmart store.

At around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the Walmart where they were told that an unidentified white male had been attempting to take a video and photographs of a woman, who was in the restroom stall of the store. According to police, the woman observed a hand reach underneath of the stall door, holding a black smartphone. Investigators said the woman further stated that the phone appeared to be taking photographs or creating a video while the suspect was holding the phone. 

Troopers said that at the scene they were able to make contact with the victim, who stated that once she saw the phone underneath of the door, she immediately pulled her pants up and ran after the suspect. The woman told troopers that she confronted the suspect and requested to see his phone to make sure no pictures were taken. Police said the suspect then began to walk at a fast pace and left the store. He was then seen heading toward the Home Depot entrance. 

According to investigators, while the victim was chasing the suspect, she was able to attempt to capture photographs of him using her cellphone.  These pictures were provided to troopers at the scene, which they used to get a description of the suspect.

Troopers said they were able to obtain video surveillance footage from Walmart and an investigation revealed that the suspect had been loitering near the eastern side of the store's entrance.  The video depicts the victim walking into the store, with the suspect putting his phone down when she walks in, police said. They said the video next shows the suspect following the victim across the store into the restroom area.  Less than a minute later, the suspect is then observed running from the restroom area, in which the victim is following him, investigators said, adding that the victim is observed to be pointing and yelling something in the video.

On April 13, investigators were able to pull additional surveillance from the Walmart. Investigators said that during their review, they were able to observe the suspect get out of a tractor-trailer that had backed into a "loading spot" at the Home Depot.  The suspect was matched to the suspect that was observed following the victim into the store. Police said that after speaking with representatives from the Home Depot shipping/receiving area, investigators were able to positively identify the driver and suspect as George Toth, of Kresgeville, Pa.

Investigators got an arrest warrant for Toth charging him with peeping Tom and prurient intent. Investigators tracked Toth to the Dover, Del.,  Home Depot Store. 

Investigators contacted the Dover Police Department, whose officers subsequently placed Toth under arrest for the charges and an out of state fugitive warrant.  Investigators from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation responded to Dover and interviewed Toth, who they said was found to be a registered Tier 2 sex offender through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Toth was then  taken before a judge in Delaware, where he was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond. An extradition hearing to Maryland is scheduled for May 23.
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