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UNC police probe reports of shower peepers

Posted January 26, 2009 11:36 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT

— Police at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are investigating two reports of suspicious behavior around showers in a dorm.

The campus newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported Monday that a female student living in Teague Residence Hall was in a second-floor shower on the night of Sept. 25 when she heard a door open and saw a shadow pass across the shower curtain.

She then found a cell phone in her face and believes it was recording her, the paper reported.

Randy Young, a spokesman with the UNC Department of Public Safety, said a second incident in Teague was reported last Monday.

Public safety officials are treating the two reports as separate cases, but are looking for possible connections, Young said.

"Certainly, our investigative team is giving this the highest priority," Young said.

He could not confirm that one of the incidents involved a cell phone.

Anyone who might have any information about either incident should contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Public Safety Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

Meanwhile, officials are urging students to lock bathroom doors and watch for people who are not supposed to be in dorms.

"I think this is going to bring to light security issues," said Laura Carolina Spell, a UNC student who lives on campus but not in Teague. "I think people just need to watch for that. Turn around and say, 'Hey, how are you doing? Do you live here?' And maybe that will help a little bit."

Teague, located on Stadium Drive across from Kenan Memorial Stadium, is a coed dorm with a suite-style floor plan and balcony access, according to UNC's housing Web site. It holds 173 residents.