After passing off a camera as a fire alarm and concealing it in a public lavatory close to the beach, a New Hampshire man is now in custody in southwest Florida, according to authorities.
According to a press statement from the Sanibel Police Department, the 58-year-old man was detained in Chicago on August 19 and is now awaiting extradition to Lee County, Florida, where he will be charged with video voyeurism and other crimes. Southwest of Fort Myers is where the barrier island of Sanibel is situated.
On July 28, public works workers from Sanibel observed a brand-new fire alarm device mounted on the wall of a family toilet at Bowman’s Beach Park, according to the police. The employees phoned Sanibel police after making sure the gadget had not been placed by municipal personnel.
Officers determined the object wasn’t a fire alarm and found it had a camera inside. According to the police, numerous beachgoers were seen on camera using the family toilets. The Sanibel Police Department alerted other law enforcement agencies about the possibility of cameras in toilets.
Police secured an arrest warrant for the New Hampshire man on August 9 after being able to identify a suspect who may have planted the illicit video recording equipment, according to authorities. Ten days later, at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, he was arrested.