A woman reported that a man took photos of her and her child while they were shopping at Stop & Shop at noontime on Wednesday.
The woman said she let a man cross in front of her car near Stop & Shop and she parked in an infants and newborns parking space. She said the man watched her walk into the store with her young daughter.
The man followed her inside the store and took photos of her. She confronted him and asked why he was taking her photo and the man said “because I can,” the woman told police.
She told the man to delete the photos, but he declined her request. She tried to leave the store, but he followed behind her, she said.
She confronted the man outside again and threatened to call police. He said he didn’t care and he could take photos in a public place, she said.
At this point, he started taking video of her. The woman, in turn, took a photo of the man and his license plate to give to police.
Police responded, but the man left the lot before they arrived. The woman gave police the information, including the license plate number, which came back to a car out of Methuen.
An officer called the phone number associated with the vehicle and spoke to a man, who said his husband was driving the car.
Police then called the man’s husband who acknowledged that he was driving the car, but that he had a dispute with a woman over a parking space. He said he had words with a woman because she parked in a compact car only space and denied the allegations, according to police.
When police asked him if the store video would show him taking photos, he said it would show him texting.
Police advised the Methuen man to not take photos of women with small children inside stores.