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Man Accused Of Taking Improper Cell Pics At Wal-Mart

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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – A man accused of taking improper pictures of a woman at a North Texas Wal-Mart store has been arrested by North Richland Hills police.

Officers were called to the North Richland Hills Wal-Mart, in the 9100 block of North Tarrant Parkway, on Monday evening.

Guards at the store informed police that two women had sought their help.

“A witness had observed an individual that appeared to be taking a photograph, with a cell phone, up a females skirt,” said Keith Bauman, North Richland Hills police spokesman. “The witness told the victim, as she was unaware that it had occurred, and they went to security.”

But the two women weren’t the only ones with security at the store. After talking to the alleged witness and victim, guards stopped the person accused of the wrongdoing. That man was identified as Michael Ball, of Keller.

But police say the 45-year-old suspect was not taken into custody at the store.

“He was released, but the police investigation continued,” Bauman explained. “The following day we did obtain a search warrant for his residence and an arrest warrant for him.”

According to authorities, several items were seized during the search of Ball’s house, including “computers and some digital media.”

Ball was arrested on August 14 and charged with Improper Photograph or Visual Recording and after posting a $10,000 bond was released.

North Richland Hills police say the investigation is still very active, because they believe Ball could have committed similar crimes and there could be additional victims.

Anyone with information about other crimes Ball may have committed, or believe they are a victim can contact North Richland Hills police at (817) 427-7000.

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