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A “half-naked” man has been wandering onto homeowners' property, wreaking fear within a country club community in a bucolic North Carolina town.
The man’s antics were captured on a variety of doorbell cameras on residents' lawns near the Riverwood Athletic Club during “the last few evenings,” according to an official release by Clayton Police Department.
“It happened after midnight and it’s been going on for several consecutive nights,” Mary Carter, a mother and social worker who lives on the street visited by the alleged prowler, told Oxygen.com.
Authorities hope to catch the man, who so far hasn’t broken into any of the properties that he’s stumbled onto.
“He has never made any attempts at homes, never made any attempts to look into homes or anything like that that we can see,” Lt. John Lequire told WTVD. “But it’s something that’s very disturbing.”
Carter said the stranger has made at least three appearances since debuting on Thursday evening.
Then on Monday night, the talk of her block was about a strange man (possibly the same guy being pursued after by police) spotted lurking on her street.
However, Carter noted that the man that was seen on this night was “fully robed.”
The man's visits have put the Riverwood community on edge.
"Neighbors have been talking more and watching out and communicating with each other,” Carter said. "It’s the only way this is going to be get resolved.
One of those neighbors is taking more precautions since the cops released the montage of the man skulking around her street and whom she referred to as a "lost soul."
“This is in our backyard. We’re double-checking our doors,” the neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said. "We actually have cameras already, but we’re getting more added."
The neighbor noted that there is already a strong social media presence where neighbors often share whatever may be considered potentially shady that occurs within the Riverwood community.
For Carter, she made a distinct choice to raise her family in this North Carolina haven so that she could steer clear of this kind of marauding.
"Most people move to our development because it includes a middle school, a high school, and an athletic club," she said. "It's like you can ride your bike around here and the parents aren't freaking out.
"The reason why we live here is to get away from the crazy — and to see the crazy follow us, I’m not at ease,” she said.
Anyone who may have seen the man in the video or possibly recognize him from the footage is being asked to call 911 or reach out to the Clayton Police Department at 919-553-4611 or info@TownofClaytonNC.org
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