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News ‘Peeping Tom’ arrested in Franklin

Dalton Lee Judick KonatSuspect charged with larceny and secret peeping

Officers with the Franklin Police Department arrested an alleged “Peeping Tom” in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 24.

At 1:56 a.m., officers Eli Kirkland and Timothy Lynn responded to a call advising that a male subject wearing a ski mask was peeping through the window of a residence on Bobwhite Lane, near Heritage Hollow in Franklin. According to reports, the home was occupied by 46-year-old woman, along with her two teenage daughters and grandchild.

Upon arrival, Kirkland and Lynn began searching the area for the suspect. Lynn witnessed a male subject running down nearby McCollum Drive. As Lynn approached, the suspect had reportedly attempted to hide behind a row of shrubbery along the street.

The suspect was ordered to come out from his cover by Lynn, at which point the suspect proceeded to flee. Shortly thereafter, Kirkland intercepted the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident.

According to reports, Lynn later found a black ski mask, a flash light and a digital camera. The officers’ initial investigation concluded that the suspect stole the camera from the victim’s house, and intended to steal other property in the area that night.

The suspect, Dalton Lee Judick Konat, was subsequently charged with breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of stolen property and secret peeping. Konat, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, was held in the Macon County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond. He posted bail later that day, and turned 18 the day after.

Konat was not only targeting the one residence, said Lieutenant Steve Apel. “He admitted to the officers that he was there and he admitted that he was planning on probably stealing some more stuff that night,” he said. Approximately one month prior to the incident, jewelry and other items were reportedly stolen from the home.

“These kinds of crimes really affect people living in their homes—they feel victimized,” said Apel.


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