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Man arrested after being caught on video masturbating at Family Dollar store, court docs say

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 11:54 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2021 at 11:55 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A man is accused of inappropriately touching an employee and then being caught masturbating on surveillance video at a Reading store.

Court documents say, Garrett Penn, 35, walked into the Family Dollar store in the 8800 block of Reading Road, went to the back office without permission, and then attempted to steal paper towels.

Penn was asked to leave but before he left, he rubbed an employee’s arm and touched her rear end, according to the documents.

The documents say that officers reviewed the store’s video footage and discovered that Penn was masturbating while watching the employee on their surveillance cameras.

In the meantime, the documents say, police received a call that a man matching Penn’s description entered a home but was chased away before officers arrived.

The commotion woke up Ron “Shadow” Setser, who lives next to the home Penn allegedly broke into.

“My dogs woke me up,” Setser recalled. “Came outside with them. I thought they had to go to the restroom. I let them out and I heard yelling next door. About that time, I got to where I could see where the table is, I saw a gentleman dart to the side in between there and it takes you right to the ally way.”

Court documents say that while searching for Penn, officers talked to a CVS employee who told them that Penn ran inside and locked himself in the bathroom, even though he was banned from the store.

Penn refused to leave the restroom, so police forced their way in and arrested him, the documents say.

Jail records say that Penn faces one count of voyeurism, sexual imposition, obstruction of official business, and two counts of criminal trespassing.

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