Man accused of stalking, videotaping ex-girlfriend

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MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police arrested a man they say stalked his ex-girlfriend and videotaped her with her new boyfriend through her window.

The victim filed an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend three months ago, but he came back last week and brought his video camera.

A resident called police to check out a suspicious vehicle parked in the neighborhood near Broadway and Signal Butte roads on Friday. Another neighbor recognized the vehicle and 41-year old Troy Puetz, who used to live just around the corner with his then-girlfriend.

When police officers arrived, they said Puetz was looking at some pornographic material inside his vehicle. Officers asked to search his car and eventually found a video camera, according to Detective Steve Berry with the Mesa Police Department.

"When they checked that, it appeared that the gentleman had been, at some point, peering into the windows of his ex-girlfriend while she was engaged in sexual activity with her current boyfriend," Berry said.

Police said the woman had no idea what had happened.

Puetz has been convicted on previous aggravated assault and drug offenses.    

He is currently booked on charges of voyeurism, criminal trespassing and violating the order of protection. He's being held on $20,000 bond.