Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Couple finds hidden camera in Florida Airbnb

Couple finds hidden camera in Florida Airbnb

The landlord, a man named Wayne Natt, was arrested on October 3 and, according to an Ars Technica report, charged with one count of video voyeurism. A Korean couple traveling in Japan also found a camera hidden in a fire detector in July, then a month later a Chinese couple experienced the same thing in Taiwan.

"He says that everyone videoed had knowledge he was videoing them", Bourque said.

Starnes spotted the camera because of his background in IT but many users before them probably didn't notice that there was a camera in the smoke detector.

Derek Starnes and his wife just wanted to enjoy a nice vacation in Florida at their Airbnb, when Starnes, who works in the tech world, noticed something off about the bedroom smoke detector.

Bob Bourque told the New York Post that authorities seized "a lot of computer storage data drives, hard drives, computers, laptops [and] SD cards".

Prior to his arrest, Natt had more than 40 reviews on Airbnb and had been on the home-sharing site for two years, according to WFTS.

Mr. Bourque said that the suspect, Wayne Natt, had his condo for rent on Airbnb for two years and that there could be hundreds of victims.

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"My wife and I are distressed by this situation", Starnes said.

Starnes shared a photo from the device with news organizations saying it might help other people recognize the room and come forward if they were unwittingly recorded.

Natt reportedly told investigators that he turned off the camera when guests stayed there and only used it for private sex parties with people who knew they were being recorded, but authorities are skeptical.

"Our question is, if people are aware the cameras are there, why are they hidden in smoke alarms?" Bourque said Natt's reason for hiding it in the ceiling "was it gave him a better angle". However, police say the cameras can be operated remotely and they recovered numerous video files, including one of the IN couple who sounded the alarm.

Natt told police the cameras were for his personal use and not on when guests are in the home, but police told WFLA the cameras can be operated remotely.

Natt was released on bond but police said he could face more charges. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior", Breit added.

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