By Steve Beck and Syma Chowdhry
WARMINSTER, Pa. (CBS) — Police are hunting for a man who is accused of spying on a female customer at a department store in Bucks County.
Libby Allard says she is a victim of a peeping Tom who crawled under her into her fitting room as she changed at a Kohl’s store.
She is speaking to Eyewitness News exclusively about her ordeal.
The incident happened at about 8 p.m. on July 14th at the Kohl’s store on West State Road in Warminster.
According to investigators, a female shopper told them that a male peeked at her under the dressing room stall door while she was trying on clothes.
“I saw hands come around the door and I saw a man head come underneath and I just lost it. I was just shocked,” Allard said.
She was in a Junior girls fitting room.
“He may have thought I was much younger than I am,” she said.
Libby is 28 and is so petite she has to shop in the Junior’s section, which leads her to believe this man was looking to attack a child.
“If I was a 12-year-old girl and if I had just been afraid of this man and curled up in a corner, I think the situation would have been right for something like that,” she said.
When confronted, police said the male said that he was looking for his wife and left the store.
As soon as Libby got dressed, she ran to the store manager.
She says the manager approached the man, but the suspect told him he was looking for his wife and let him go.
“He got down on his hands and knees and he tried to get under my dressing room door and that’s him looking for his wife? And the manager said ‘that’s what he told me.’ Did you get his name? Did you get any information? And he said no,” she said.
By then the suspect left.
Libby demanded the store manager to call police and file a report.
According to store security, the male was in the store for about five hours loitering around in the Juniors section with a cell phone in his hand.
CBS 3 went to the store to ask how a man could go unnoticed in the Junior girls section for hours. The manager told us to contact their corporate office.
“They are a big company they are trying to push this under the rug and hope it goes away,” Allard said.
A representative emailed CBS 3 this statement:
“Thank you for contacting Kohl’s directly. A police investigation is under way into this matter. We are cooperating with the authorities leading the investigation and are referring all media inquiries to the police.”
Libby says their number one priority should be the safety of their customers.
“I am upset that nobody from Kohl’s has called me,” she said.
Libby felt compelled to speak out because had the peeping Tom targeted a girl the situation could have been much worse.
“I think he is out there and he is dangerous and he is going to do it again,” she said.
The male left the store before officers could identify him. Police say the man is in his mid 30’s to early 40’s had a striped green shirt on at the time.
Anyone with information on the male is asked to call the Warminster Police Department at 215-343-0100.
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