A local UPS delivery driver was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sneaking into a customer's San Carlos home after dropping off a package and spying on her as she took a bath, authorities reported.
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Walter Flowers, 43, delivered a parcel to the woman, who is in her mid-20s, at her house in the 6800 block of Tuxedo Road shortly before 1 p.m., according to San Diego police.
"She signed for one. He went away and then he came back about 10 minutes later and she was in the bathtub," said the woman's father, Lee Stecker.
The suspect allegedly got into the woman's home through an unlocked door, according to SDPD public-affairs Lt. Andra Brown.
"My daughter was taking a bath," said Stecker. "He was watching her."
Then, she noticed him.
"She yelled at him," said Stecker. "I can't tell you what she said but then he ran out the back door and she saw him running across the lawn, got in his truck and drove off."
The intruder then fled, and the woman called the police, Brown said.
Officers contacted Flowers' employers, who advised him to return to the alleged victim's home to be questioned. He did so and was arrested.
Neighbor Meri Jo Petrivelli told 10News, "Well, he's not going to win any awards for being the brightest guy on the planet because that seems kind of stupid to me."
One neighbor who did not want to be identified said the driver had been making deliveries in the area for about three years.
"He's in a position of trust in the community," said the neighbor. "If he's at my house or dropping things off, this is the last guy I'm worried about."
Stecker said, "You know, you trust these guys and I'm not very happy right now."
A UPS spokeswoman told 10News the company works hard to safeguard customer trust. When asked about measures the company takes to keep customers safe, the spokeswoman told 10News that UPS employees go through a background check, but if there is a prior incident on their record, it would not automatically weed out that applicant. Every person is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Stecker thinks Flowers was lucky to have gotten away because his daughter teaches self-defense and clearly can deal a blow "guaranteed to deliver" right on time.
Flowers was booked on suspicion of peeping, prowling and trespassing, all misdemeanors, Brown said. 10News learned Flowers will be fired from his job.
Flowers was released on bail Thursday morning, according to 10News.
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