A creepy handyman admitted hiding cameras in bathrooms in homes in Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey, police said.
Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York, was arrested on September 17 for invasion of privacy by Paramus police after a homeowner who hired him to install a window discovered a suspicious device in her bathroom in late August reported WABC.
The device, which police said was inserted into a bathroom wall, was later classified as a micro-camera with a memory card, the station reports.
The homeowner saw the device plugged into an electrical outlet in the bathroom and knew it was “not hers,” Paramus police officer Mark Pinajian told CBS New York.
The victim then saw clips on the device showing herself and her bathroom as well as another location, Pinajian said.
Investigators set out to track down Sanchez, a married father, who admitted to having the camera installed in the Paramus house – and claimed he intended to retrieve her when he returned to finish work, police said With.
The other location pictured on camera was a bathroom in a house in Wayne where Sanchez was also being hired for a job, police said.
No children were present in either house and there is no evidence that Sanchez distributed the video, CBS New York reported.
“As far as we can see, he’s not a licensed contractor,” said Pinajian. “He’s like a handyman doing little things and he’s been referred to other people. That’s how he got into business. “
Investigators are investigating Wayne’s home there, Paramus police said. Wayne police have not returned a message asking for comment on the case, NorthJersey.com reported.
Sanchez, who served up to a year in prison, has been released pending a trial, reports NJ.com.