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Norman Police Department officials said they are unable to confirm reports of a man wearing gloves and a ski mask with a rope attempting to break into homes near Campus Corner.

“Thus far, I have not been able to locate anything, nor has anyone recalled such an incident being reported to us,” NPD Capt. Brent Barbour said.

Norman resident Brande Pfenning posted on social media Thursday morning that while she was at the Cleveland County District Court on Wednesday, she had overheard a woman discussing an incident where a man wearing a ski mask, gloves and having a rope came in through the front door of her home at about 3 a.m. sometime last week near Campus Corner.

The Transcript reached out to multiple Cleveland County District Court officials who said they have not heard anything about the alleged incident. 

Pfenning’s post was shared about 40 times and commented on more than 20 times, including a comment from a woman who said there have been several reports of a male Peeping Tom in the Shadowlake neighborhood between Rock Creek and Tecumseh Road, near 12th Avenue NE.

The post could be referring to a report of a Peeping Tom in the area of McCullough Street, just east of Campus Corner, that allegedly occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2.

According to the report, a woman told police that a person had been on her property, attempting to peek into a bedroom window. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident and no arrests have been made.

Barbour said there was video surveillance that captured the suspect, who has not been identified.

“At this time, there is no detailed suspect information that we can release. Part of the investigation will include gathering and evaluating potential video evidence from neighbors who may have possibly captured an image of the subject,” he said. “Based on current information, there is nothing to indicate that this is a reoccurring incident, that it is related to any other reported incidents or that there is any specific ongoing threat to this neighborhood.

“We have made our patrol officers aware of the report so that they may closely patrol the area when available.”

Barbour said it is always recommend that people be aware of their surroundings.

“If you’re out at night, walk home with others when possible, close household blinds at dusk, get to know your neighbors and always contact us immediately if they see something suspicious so that we can look into it and respond appropriately,” he said.

Barbour also mentioned the department’s Neighborhood Watch SafeCam program, which allows residents who utilize security cameras at their homes or businesses to be added to a camera database, in hopes of identifying suspects and solve crimes as quickly as possible. The program is completely voluntary and participation is free.

“Leveraging technology and available tools such as these are a great way we can partner together as a community to assist in maintaining safe neighborhoods,” he said.

For more information on the SafeCam program, visit normanpd.normanok.gov.

Jacob McGuire is the Crime and Courts reporter for The Norman Transcript. McGuire is currently pursuing his MPA at the University of Oklahoma.