A creepy handyman admitted to hiding cameras in bathrooms at homes in Paramus and Wayne, NJ, police said.
Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York, was arrested Sept. 17 on one count of invasion of privacy by Paramus police after a homeowner who hired him to install a window spotted a suspicious device in her bathroom in late August, WABC reports.
The device, which police said was inserted into a bathroom wall, was later determined to be a micro camera, equipped with a memory card, the station reports.
The female homeowner saw the device plugged into an outlet inside the bathroom and knew it “didn’t belong to her,” Paramus police Detective Mark Pinajian told CBS New York.
The victim then saw clips on the device depicting herself and her bathroom, as well as another location, Pinajian said.
Investigators proceeded to track down Sanchez, a married father, who admitted he installed the camera in the Paramus home — and claimed he planned to retrieve it when he came back to finish the job, police said.
The other location depicted on the camera was a bathroom of a home in Wayne where Sanchez was also hired for a job, police said.
No children were present in either home and there’s no evidence that Sanchez distributed the video, CBS New York reported.
“As far as we can see, he’s not a licensed contractor,” Pinajian said. “He’s just like a handyman to do small, odds-and-ends jobs and he was being referred to other people. That’s how he was getting business.”
The investigation into the Wayne home is being handled by investigators there, Paramus police said. Wayne police did not return a message seeking comment about the case, NorthJersey.com reported.
Sanchez, who was facing up to one year in jail, has been released from custody pending a court hearing, NJ.com reports.