Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Fla. Man Arrested After Hiding Camera in Airbnb Rental

Fla. Man Arrested After Hiding Camera in Airbnb Rental

A tiny black dot on the Longboat Key bedroom smoke detector was enough to alert an IN couple that something was wrong. He determined the camera was recording to an SD card and called the cops.

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. Police are asking other potential victims to contact them.

"We seized a lot of computer storage data devices, hard drives, computers, laptops SD cards anything that would store data", Lt. At that point they understood it was really a camera masked as a smoke locator and was pointing comfortable bed. Bounce Bourque said. "We don't know whether there are neighborhood casualties somebody who may have been dating him or a partner that doesn't understand they are being recorded, and afterward we have the opposite side of who he leased to through Airbnb". "He said it was for recording sexual activity".

Starnes shared a photo he took off the device that shows him and his wife staring up at the camera.

While Starnes says he was able to spot the pinhole camera because of his background in IT, to the untrained eye experts recommend using the camera light on your phone to spot the reflections on a lens if you are looking for hidden cameras.

Natt was released on bond but police said he could face more charges. Starnes said he knows the video captured him walking through the bedroom naked.

"My better half and I are upset by this circumstance". Bourque said he told them everyone gave him consent to be filmed and that he admitted there are dozens of videos of people engaged in sex parties he hosted at the home. "If people are consenting to recording sexual activity why is it in a hidden smoke alarm?"

No one answered the door when the outlet tried to reach Natt at home, but Bourque said that when he talked to cops, he tried to explain away the cameras.

"I suspect there are other victims, it's just a matter of identifying them or not", Bourque told WFLA.

WFTS connected with Airbnb for input.

The home-sharing company has permanently banned Natt, and is working with local law enforcement in their on-going investigation.

Police believe there were many victims who were unknowingly recorded. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior", Breit added.

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