Meridian police ask public's help investigating possible prowler

February 11, 2014 

Police say they have gotten numerous but sporadic calls about a prowler over the last several months, culminating Monday night when someone entered a Meridian home, then fled when the homeowner called 911.

Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said police have tried to investigate the incidents, but now need the public's help identifying a suspect.

"Our concern is we don't want them to escalate this behavior by any means," Basterrechea said.

Most of the calls to police have come from homes in northeast Meridian, from Locust Grove to Meridian Road and south of Ustick Road. Homeowners report a tall, skinny man - between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-3 - wearing dark clothing, peeping in windows and running through backyards.

Investigators are still trying to figure out a pattern. Police several times got a string of sightings, Basterrechea said, then the suspect disappeared for a time.

Contributing to the problem is a concern that people aren't reporting suspicious behavior. As an example, Basterrechea pointed to police surveillance - trying to find the supposed prowler - that he thought would prompt concerned phone calls on its own.

"We had people look right at (the officers) out of their front window," but no one called to report suspicious activity, he said.

Police advise Meridian residents to lock their doors at night. To report suspicious activity, call 888-6678 or 343-COPS.

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