Elmore Co. Sheriff investigating reports of prowler, peeping Tom

Published: Jan. 28, 2016 at 3:10 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 at 3:10 AM CST
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ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Residents in Elmore County say they've seen people out taking pictures of their property, and it has them concerned.

Some of those residents reached out to us to investigate, so we contacted local law enforcement.

Elmore County investigators say they are looking into multiple complaints, but they caution that these cases may not be as sinister as they seem.

One of the complaints called in to the Elmore County Sheriff's Office came from Balm Road off Highway 9 in the Central community near Wetumpka.

"We had a report of a small maroon, four-door vehicle in that area," said Sheriff Bill Franklin.

The sheriff says this is something they're still checking out. There is a good chance the person in the maroon vehicle was doing real work and not causing trouble.

For example, similar calls to Wetumpka police and the sheriff's department indicated the same sort of thing happened in a neighborhood near Millbrook and just north of Walsboro.

"A lot of people are alarmed right now, and I can understand why because every now and then we'll have a home invasion," Franklin said.

The case near Millbrook involved a woman simply riding around looking for a home to buy.

In Walsboro we're told two people were employees of a foreclosure company taking photos of a home in foreclosure.

"They were out doing some follow up and as part of their protocol, they take photos of the home in question," said Franklin.

Sheriff Franklin wants the word out that this isn't what some thought it was, not a prowler or a peeping Tom but people with legitimate reasons to be in the neighborhoods.

Sheriff Franklin says he's already been in touch with the foreclosure company to encourage them to let local authorities know when they're going to be working in the area.

According to Franklin, they are still looking into the incident on Balm Road.

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