Fort Collins man arrested in window-peeping cases

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A 57-year old man suspected in a number of peeping Tom cases has been arrested, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

For many, Steven Christensen was a strange face in a sleepy subdivision near Old Town.

“We don’t get lonely, middle-aged men that often in this neighborhood with backpacks on,” Alexandra Fischer said.

Fischer lives on Circle Drive with her young daughter. Over the past few months, she said she saw Christensen roaming the neighborhood.

“Just walking. I mean we get some roamers just because this neighborhood is really central,” Fischer said.

Other neighborhoods noticed him too.

“We’re all really concerned with keeping it safe. I feel like and this is an example of that,” Fischer said.

On several occasions, police said neighbors reported Christensen's suspicious activity and some even caught him on security cameras.

“You can see in my door, you can see in by back window and it's something I’ve never thought about,” Fischer said.

It’s now something she and others on the block are forced to think about.

“The last thing I want is a perv looking in, you know?" she said.

The Fort Collins police Neighborhood Enforcement Team stepped up patrols and on Wednesday, investigators spotted the man they’d identified through surveillance video.

“It’s very disturbing,” Fischer said.

Investigators said they watched Christensen walk into the latest victim's yard. Police approached and Christensen ran but was quickly caught and taken into custody.

Christensen is facing charges related to several peeping Tom cases. He’s also being held for trespassing and resisting arrest, and additional charges are possible.

Police said residents can increase the security of their residences by closing shades, trimming trees and bushes to minimize cover, and by installing motion-sensor lighting outdoors.

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