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Man accused of unlawful filming of shoppers at Chesterfield Towne Center

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A bold bandit hits Chesterfield Towne Center. Police say he used his cell phone to snap inappropriate photos up the skirts of multiple women at T.J. Maxx. Very clear images of the suspect were just released from police. Now they're hoping you can help them make an arrest. Right now the upskirter suspect is on the run - but officers hope that won't be the case for long.

It's something many rarely think about. You head to a department store to go shopping never suspecting there's someone there with a cell phone recording your every move. While police say the man snapped photos up the skirts of multiple women - little did he know surveillance cameras were snapping not one, not two, but three images of the suspect in action.

"That's disgusting," said shopper Kathy Reid.

Police say the female victims unaware they were being inappropriately photographed.

"People don't have any space any more. There's no privacy," Reid added.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Back in July, also at the mall, police say a man was pretending to be tying his shoe strings when he was actually snapping a close-up of a little girl. Then this year, a situation at Kohl's and just last month another at Target - same scenario.

"Everyone has a camera or some type of video device they can record or take still photography. It's the world we live in," said Corporal Elliott Anderson.

Police made quick arrests in the cases at Target and Kohl's -- a warning for those considering committing the crime.

"Don't do it. We're going to take every effort and exhaust all means to locate you to make sure the people and residents and visitors of our county are safe," Anderson said.

Now officers are reminding shoppers and even businesses to be alert there's a crime happening here and all should keep a watchful eye.

"It hadn't {crossed my mind} until recently…Definitely something I would look out for now," said shopper Jamie Avant.

"You don't expect anyone to do something like that," Reid said.

The suspect wasn't the only one being attentive, so was a store employee who saw the man and approached him. That's when he ran away.

This is a crime that is punishable by a $2,500 fine and/or a year behind bars. The more victims, the tougher the penalty.

If you've seen the man in the photos...you can contact Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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