A Hartford man was charged with voyeurism after police said he was trying to take “upskirt” photos of a female customer at a Vernon Salvation Army store in July.
Police said the incident involved 32-year-old Michael Tedford at the Salvation Army Store, which is located at 295 Hartford Turnpike, on July 7.
A woman told police that man, who was later identified as Tedford, "walked past her several times inside the store."
When the unidentified woman "stopped to look at an item," she told police she "saw Tedford bent down behind her holding his cell phone." The woman called police and even attempted to stop Tedford before he drove away.
"The victim's actions were instrumental in this case because she called police right away, gave a good description and stayed on the phone with the officers to locate the suspect," said Vernon Police Lt. William Meier.
Police were able to seize Tedford's to analyze it. After an investigation by the Vernon Police Detective with help from the CT Digital Investigations Taskforce, police said the images on the phone were "consistent with the alleged crime."
Police said they learned that Tedford drove to the store without a valid license. Police also found Tedford in "possession of a marijuana smoking bowl."
Besides voyeurism, Tedford was charged with second-degree breach of peace, operating a motor vehicle without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted his $1,000 bond.
Tedford is scheduled to be arraigned at Rockville Court on Sept. 13.
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