Man charged with peeping at baseball team

LaDarryl Strong (Image courtesy Zebulon Police Department)

April 18, 2012 2:14:15 PM PDT
Police have charged an Pitt County man with having a secret camera inside the visiting team's locker room at the Carolina Mudcats Five County Stadium.

Detectives say their investigation began April 10 when they were called to the stadium about an alleged trespasser.

Mudcat staff members reported that a man posing as a cleaning employee snuck into the visiting team locker room where he was confronted by staff members.

"He had some rubber gloves on," said Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth. "He was moving things around like he was adjusting things in the locker room."

Members of the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks noticed 32-year-old Darryl Strong trying to take pictures using a small camera.

"They confronted him. The suspect fled to his car," said Hayworth. "He was going to try to leave the parking lot. The employees of the stadium already called 911. A police officer already stopped him in the parking lot."

That's when police found the video camera, along with a small amount pot, but it wasn't even until the next day players found out what happened.

"I don't believe they really realized what was going," said Mudcats Joe Kremer.

Now police are worried there could be more footage of others on 20 computers, iPads, cell phones, and digital cameras they seized from Strong's home.

Strong, 32, of Ayden, N.C. was charged with felony secret peeping and first-degree trespassing.

Police said they also found 15 grams of Marijuana and paraphernalia in Strong's car, so he was charged with illegal drug possession.

Police said more charges could be on the way depending on what is found on Strong's machines.

Strong is listed as technology assistant at this Lenior County High School.

"This probably wasn't the first time this person has tried this," said Hayworth. "It was a pretty brazen move. So we were very alarmed."

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