Phoenix police seek man for taking 'upskirt' pictures

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for a man who allegedly took pictures and videos up a woman's skirt.

It happened at noon on Oct. 8 at the Hobby Lobby store at 4643 E. Cactus Road, near Paradise Valley Mall.

The suspect is described as a white male who is 40 to 50 years old.

The victim is in her 50s.

Surveillance video from the store's camera shows the man followed the victim and placed his cellphone under her skirt multiple times.

"I don't know of a privacy violation that would be greater," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department. "The expectation of privacy and the embarrassment that can be caused by something like that is just something that we're not going to tolerate."

Hobby Lobby shopper Deanna Branaman said she was shocked to hear of the crime.

"It's very upsetting," she said. "I think it's right up there with any other crime against women. I think it's disgusting."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department's Family Investigations Bureau at 602-534-2121 or if they wish to remain anonymous contact Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 (480-WITNESS).