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Pet-store employees report customer exposed buttocks

Friday, June 9, 2017

Staff report

BOARDMAN

Township police were dispatched to a Market Street pet store Wednesday for a report that an unhappy would-be customer had exposed himself to employees.

According to a report, police were called to Harbor Pet Center at 10:49 a.m. A store employee reported that a man had been beating on the window and holding money up in the air.

When the employee opened the door and informed him that the store would not open until 11 a.m., the man reportedly told her he wanted to purchase a can of crickets. When she told him he would have to wait until the store opened, he reportedly pleaded with her, then “started yelling profanities at her and grabbed his belt.” The man then purportedly pulled down his pants and exposed his buttocks.

The man then “backed up in order to press his buttocks against the front glass window,” then fled, according to the witness. In addition to the store employee who reported the incident to police, a second employee and a pet-store customer who was nearby with her 2-year-old child also witnessed it, according to a police report.

The incident is being investigated as a public-indecency case.