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Ashland police increase patrols after repeated prowler reports

ASHLAND — Police have increased patrols in the area surrounding Southern Oregon University as they search for a prowler who has been looking in women's bedroom windows at night for at least three weeks.

The prowler appears to focus on certain homes, returning repeatedly to spy on the women, said Detective Sgt. Jim Alderman with the Ashland Police Department.

"That seems to be kind of his M.O. (method of operation)," Alderman said Tuesday. "Once he finds a location, he kinds of fixates on it."

Twice last week a woman who lives in the 700 block of Indiana Street, which borders the university, reported a prowler in her backyard.

At 4:24 a.m. on Thursday, the woman let her dog out in the yard because it was barking, and she saw a man running away, according to the police report.

At 1 a.m. on Saturday, the woman called police after she heard footsteps in her backyard and outside her bedroom window. The woman's description of the man appears to match the description of the prowler.

Police describe the man as in his early 20s, white, 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches in height, with a medium build, brown hair and a freckled complexion.

The department also has received reports of two incidents of a prowler looking into the windows of a woman's house on Garfield Street, Alderman said.

Officers have received about a half-dozen prowler reports in August. Police ask anyone with information about these cases to contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.