Creepers target public bathrooms for hidden cams

IRVING, Texas (NBC/KXAS) — Who’s watching you? Police in Texas are worried this may be the start of a new trend: hidden cameras in public restrooms.

Creepers are coming up with creative new ways to invade your privacy.

“It’s shocking. I’m like, stunned,” said customer Brandy Stanfill.

She’s stunned to find out the place you think you have the most privacy — a bathroom — is becoming a target for creepers.

KXAS learned that in the last two months, police were called to a Starbucks on North Macarthur in Irving.

It’s there that employees found a small video camera taped under a sink inside a women’s bathroom. The camera appeared to be motion-activated.

“It’s violating; it’s devastating,” said Stanfill. “I come here every day, and it’s shocking. I love all the people here, out of all the locations. This is a nice Starbucks.”

Weeks after the Starbucks discovery in late February, police were called to an apartment complex on North Belt Line.

Cleaning staff discovered a small camera disguised as a coat hook in the fitness center bathroom.

“They knew it to be something that they didn’t install, and so they contacted us,” said Irving Police Officer James McLellan. “We got out there and recognized it as another recording device and seized it.”

With no memory card inside the device, police couldn’t track it back to anyone.

“It will make me think twice about going into a public restroom,” said Stanfill.

Now police warn this may be just the beginning of a disturbing trend.

“It seems to be on the rise, certainly,” said McLellan. “We don’t see this very often in Irving.”

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