A prowler walked up to an open bathroom window in the Ventura neighborhood and used a cell phone to photograph a woman taking a shower Friday night, June 12, Palo Alto police said.
Officers received a call at about 10 p.m. from a woman who said that someone had just used a phone to take a shot of her through her bathroom window. Police responded to her home in the 300 block of Olive Avenue but were unable to find the person, according to a police statement.
Police said the victim, a woman in her 30s, was showering when she noticed a cell phone outside the open window. When she shouted out the window, the phone disappeared and she heard footsteps, police said. Another resident ran outside but did not find the person who had been taking the photo.
Police believe the prowler approached the window through an adjacent driveway and did not enter the victim's enclosed yard. They do not have the suspect's description at this time and are not aware of any similar incidents occurring recently in Palo Alto or in neighboring cities.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.