Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Police issue ticket in peeping incident

October 4, 2007

A local business owner acted quickly last Friday when the privacy of her customers was compromised.

Basehor Police officers responded to a call from Bask Tanning, a less than 6-month-old business on Pinehurst Drive between 155th Street and 158th Street, around 7 p.m. Sept. 28. A customer had reported seeing another customer looking over the wall into another tanning room.

"I was working in the store when it happened," owner Lori June said. "As soon as the customer told me, I immediately called 911."

Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner said officers that responded conducted a thorough investigation, including taking statements and dusting for fingerprints.

A 49-year-old Tonganoxie man was ticketed for eavesdropping in connection with the incident, Horner said. A court date is set for Nov. 13.

Horner said these types of cases are fairly rare; it is the second eavesdropping case the Basehor Police Department has handled in the past three years.

"We've never had any calls from there, and we don't anticipate any more in the future," Horner said. They operate a first-class business there. This was an isolated, strange incident, and I feel like there shouldn't be any alarm or concern. The owner is making a modification to make sure these types of allegations do not happen again."

June, who also owns another store in Piper that has been open since April 2006, said she previously had never had any problems at either of the locations. The walls in the Basehor location are 8 feet tall, she said, and the individual rooms do not have ceilings to allow heat created by the tanning beds to escape. The roof deck at that location is about 12 feet high with ductwork hanging down from the ceiling, she said, so putting in a ceiling would have really closed in the space.

As of Tuesday evening, she said she had already made a call to the city codes department and begun researching different materials to use to extend the walls and make them higher. In the meantime, she said, she has removed chairs and any other objects from all of the room that could possibly be used to climb the walls.

"It really made me sick that somebody could possibly do that," June said about the incident. "My customers should feel confident that they are safe and their security is my number-one priority. I'm going to take measures to make sure it does not happen again."

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