VILLA GROVE, Ill. (WCIA) — A mom says she’s paranoid now because she believes someone was taking pictures of her kids while they were in their yard.
Amy Stoudenmire says her kids were playing when they noticed a man stop his truck and take pictures of them. It happened on Oak Street.
The mom says she’s heard of it happening in other places and, since posting it on Facebook, she says others have come forward to say it’s happened to more people in her neighborhood.
Police say this was the first time it’s been reported and, while they can’t say for sure what the man was doing, people say it’s not right.
In a quiet neighborhood, you’ll see sidewalk chalk and bikes in front yards, but neighbors say bad things happen in small towns.
“My 9-year old daughter and her friend were playing on the porch as they usually do and I was just a few feet away from them.”
As the girls played, Bill Scott watched a truck stop in front of the house.
“I didn’t think too much of it and, all of a sudden, I saw the guy raise his phone and take a picture.”
He says there was something off, so he told the girls’ mom.
“I was terrified, naturally. Those are my kids.”
Stoudenmire called police and the girls and Scott gave descriptions. The interaction made her so uncomfortable, she’s since adjusted security cameras on her porch to watch the street.
“They have to always be in my sight. Unfortunately, it’s sad, but that’s the way it has to be.”
Stoudenmire and Scott say they can’t be sure what the man in the truck was doing.
“Maybe he wanted to build or get some work from them, but that’s when you go knock on the door. You don’t just take pictures.”
Now, there will be more eyes watching the street.
“I want to be like neighborhood watch. I’d hate to see something happen to one of these kids.”
Police have a description of the man, but say, right now, there’s nothing they can do. If you see someone in a red or maroon Toyota Tundra truck doing something suspicious, call police.
Villa Grove Police
(217) 832 – 2521