BERLIN — Surveillance video and some good detective work last week led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man wanted in connection with a Peeping Tom incident at the Wal-Mart in Berlin in early April.
Around 9:30 a.m. on April 3, the Maryland State Police (MSP) received a call from Wal-Mart Security advising a white male had entered the ladies’ room and used a cell phone to take photographs or video of a victim who was using the restroom. While the victim was using the restroom, she observed a cell phone suddenly appear under the stall door and immediately confronted the suspect.
The suspect exited the restrooms and the Wal-Mart store and began running toward the Home Depot store adjacent to the Wal-Mart. The victim and Wal-Mart employees continued to follow the suspect until they lost sight of him.
MSP troopers and allied law enforcement agencies responded to search for the suspect, but he was not located.
MSP troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from Wal-Mart, which revealed the suspect loitering near the entrance to the store. The video showed the victim walking into the store passed the suspect, who put his phone away at that time. The suspect then followed the victim through the store and into the restroom area. Less than a minute later, the suspect was observed running from the restroom with the victim following him while pointing and yelling.
On April 13, detectives were able to pull additional surveillance video from a different camera at Wal-Mart. The video showed the suspect get out of a loading spot at the adjacent Home Depot and the suspect was matched to the victim running from the restroom at Wal-Mart. After speaking with employees at the Home Depot shipping and receiving area, detectives were able to identify the suspect as George Toth as the driver of the tractor-trailer and the suspect in the Peeping Tom case.
Worcester County Bureau of Investigations detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Toth charging him with Peeping Tom and prurient intent. Detectives tracked Toth to the Home Depot in Dover, Del. and contacted the Dover Police Department, which arrested Toth on the charges. Toth was found to be a registered Tier 2 sex offender in Pennsylvania.