Reporting Meghan McCorkell
ELLICOTT CITY,Md. (WJZ)– Howard County police search for the man who’s been breaking into a condo complex and secretly taping women in their homes. Now, police have caught him on camera.
Meghan McCorkell has the images that could put him behind bars.
Investigators say the man somehow got into that condo and had been taping the two women for months.
With his face fully exposed, the suspect adjusts a camera he has hidden inside a condo spying on the two women that live there. In one shot, he appears to try to hide his footprints on the carpet.
It happened at a condo complex on Montgomery Run Road in Ellicott City.
“I’m shocked. I’ve lived in this area for six or seven years and that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of something like that,” said neighbor Julie Brown.
Detectives believe the suspect — who appears to be in some sort of uniform — first set up the camera in late June.
Investigators say the man entered the apartment multiple times to move the camera around.
Footage shows the camera in one bedroom, then another and pointed toward a bathroom. Just last month, one of the women found it in her closet.
“He had just moved it that very day. And in that new spot, she noticed it. She pulled it down and immediately called us,” Sherry Llewellyn, a spokesperson for the Howard County Police Department, said.
Police don’t know who this man is or how he got into the condo.
“There’s no signs of forced entry. There’s no signs of a broken lock or window. So at this point, we don’t know how he got inside,” Llewellyn said.
And that’s what has neighbors upset.
“You have to have an outside door key. Living here, somebody has to give a key somehow, someway. Only the residents have that,” neighbor Yvonne Everett said.
Now they hope the suspect’s starring role in his hidden camera video puts him behind bars.
Detectives have investigated maintenance workers and contractors in the area but still have not been able to identify the suspect.
Investigators say the two women living in the condo do not know the man. He has been breaking in during daytime hours.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3200.