If you've been to a Glendale, California Starbucks, you may have reason to blush - and feel violated. The "Starbucks Peeper" was recently arrested for putting in a secret camera in the ladies restroom. The peeping tom video recorded and took still photographs of around 45 female victims, some including children.
The alleged Starbucks Peeper is William Zafra Velasco, 25, an unemployed student. He disguised the camera as a plastic coat hook that was affixed to the wall, right across from the toilet seat, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A diligent Starbucks employee noticed the hook and called the police, who arrested Velasco shortly afterwards according to the Los Angeles Times.
The camera was in place for about two days. During that time, store security cameras caught Velasco entering and leaving the Starbucks store every hour -presumably to get the pictures that were stored on the camera. Store security cameras showed him downloading the images onto his laptop in his car.
Velasco was arrested for "secretly videotaping victims for sexual gratification," according to a statement by the Glendora PD.
Basically, it seems that Velasco was "getting off" by watching the videos. Not exactly the most common type of stimulating television, to say the least.
Velasco's alleged crime - using a secret spy camera to take videos and photos of unsuspecting victims, is a type of invasion of privacy. Most states have laws in place that protect individuals from perpetrators intruding on their solitude, going through their private records, peering through their windows while they're taking a shower, and yes, installing cameras in bathrooms so that they can take videos of you as you go No. 1 and No. 2.
For now, the Starbucks Peeper is safely behind bars. And, his gross peeping tom videos have been confiscated by the police.
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