Sears Worker Secretly Taped Women In Changing Rooms, Police Say
A maintenance worker at a Sears in Southern California has been arrested for allegedly filming women in the store's changing rooms, KABC-TV reports.
Officials say 27-year-old Alejandro Gamiz allegedly placed hidden video cameras behind the walls of women's restrooms and fitting rooms at the store in the San Fernando Valley community of North Hollywood, north of downtown Los Angeles.
The cameras were discovered by a sharp-eyed fitting-room attendant, who found them during a routine check of the rooms last week, KABC said.
It remains unknown how many victims may have been exposed to the cameras or how many cameras were found. Gamiz had worked at the store for seven years and is thought to have placed the cameras in the fitting rooms a year ago.
Sears customer Ruby Roldan told the TV station that she found Gamiz's alleged actions unbelievable. "I used to change in those fitting rooms and go to the restroom there," she said. "That's like an invasion of privacy."
Gamiz, who posted $20,000 bail and has been released, has been charged with burglary and surreptitious filming of unsuspecting women.
Evidence supporting the charges was recovered from the department store's security personnel and also with the cooperation of Gamiz, KABC said.
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