Police are investigating whether a serial flasher is at work in Johnson County after police received at least five reports of a man in a truck exposing himself to women.
Most recently, a Greenwood woman told police she was riding her bike near State Road 37 and County Line Road when a man in a white truck with a camper shell followed her from a gas station into her neighborhood and exposed himself, according to the police report. That incident happened Sunday.
Police aren’t sure if all the reports are related, but this weekend’s incident is at least the fifth time they’ve received an indecent exposure report involving a man and a pickup truck.
The man the woman described to police, bald and in his mid-30s, and the vehicle, a white pickup truck with a camper shell, match the description from a Franklin police report last week.
On Thursday, a woman told police she was backing out of a parking spot at a Franklin apartment complex when she noticed a man standing at his truck, naked, with his pants around his ankles.
Police across the county have received similar reports this summer. On June 21, Franklin police received a call reporting indecent exposure of a man in a white truck near West Jefferson Street. On July 27, a man described as in his mid-30s exposed himself to a woman on Bennett Street in Franklin, according to police reports.
On Sunday, police got two reports in the Greenwood area, both involving a male who drove a truck and exposed himself to women, according to police reports.
Franklin and Edinburgh police have investigated more than one similar report recently, according to a police report.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is working to find the man, and Sheriff Doug Cox is asking the public to be vigilant.
“We have seen an increase in indecent exposure reports. Right now we’re trying to look at surveillance from the gas station,” Cox said. “What we worry about, someone who is doing something like that, we don’t know what that person is capable of. They may try to lure a young woman or children into their vehicle.”
The white truck has been described as a Dodge, a Chevrolet or a GMC in multiple reports. On Sunday, the woman also told police the trim around the camper shell on the truck is black, and a green sticker was on the back left side of the vehicle, according to the report.
Typically, a person doing this may use stolen license plates, but it’s still important for people to try to get the plate number if they can, Cox said.
Police hope people can give them vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers, and if possible, use cellphone cameras and video to try and get an image of the vehicle, Cox said.