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Moorhead police say alleged window peeper caught in the act

Moorhead police say an officer who responded to a report of a window peeper Tuesday night ended up catching the suspect in the act when he later returned.

A caller reported a man standing at someone's window and looking inside at 9:32 p.m. in the 1100 block of 38th Avenue South. At 11:10 p.m., police got a call from another person saying that the man had returned.

The police officer parked nearby and sneaked into the area and observed the man peering into windows, Lt. Tory Jacobson said.

James Scott Scherer, 34, of Moorhead, was arrested without incident on suspicion of interference of privacy/window peeping, a gross misdemeanor.

Jacobson said Scherer told police he had walked his dog in the area earlier and had returned to clean up after the dog.

"But he didn't have a flashlight with him, and he wasn't searching the ground area and was physically seen looking in these windows of two different residences," Jacobson said.

Scherer's dog was found in his car parked not far away, Jacobson said.