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Man charged with spying in dressing room

COVINGTON - Covington authorities arrested a man last week after he was allegedly caught taking pictures of a woman with his cell phone in the dressing room of a clothing store.

Police responded to Goody's in the Newton Plaza shopping center off U.S. Highway 278 just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, after receiving a call about a peeping Tom at the store, according to an incident report completed by Covington Police Department Officer Stanley Moore.

The suspect, identified as Matthew Lamar Bishop, 29, was subsequently found hiding behind a nearby business and taken into custody by Officer Donald Jones.

The victim told authorities that she was inside the women's dressing room at Goody's when she spotted a pair of men's tennis shoes in the fitting room next to her. She then reportedly saw the suspect place a cell phone with a camera underneath her dressing room stall and begin taking pictures, at which point she exited the stall and told a store employee what had happened, according to the incident report.

The clerk subsequently approached Bishop and told him that he was not supposed to be inside the women's dressing room.

A witness, who was reportedly in the checkout line and overheard the conversation between Bishop and the store clerk, followed the suspect to another store in the shopping center where he allegedly began deleting images off the cell phone.

The Good Samaritan physically restrained Bishop, but then let him go after police were en route. Police later located Bishop's cell phone in a Dumpster, Moore said.

No images were found on the cell phone. However, it has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab to see if any pictures can be retrieved, according to the CPD report.

Bishop, who according to jail records resides at a local motel, has been charged with being a peeping Tom and eavesdropping in connection with the incident. He has been released on $2,000 bond.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.