WHITE MARSH, Md. —Baltimore County police have identified a man who they said set up a spy camera in a White Marsh Mall restroom.
A day after releasing the video and photos, police said tips from the public helped to identify a suspect. Police said he will face charges once detectives have completed their investigation.
Police said they had a clear picture of the suspect because he caught himself on camera.
“This was a recording device that was attached to a very small camera that the suspect had secured on a partition separating two of the bathroom stalls,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, spokeswoman for the of Baltimore County Police Department.
Police said that around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 a patron found a camera in the family restroom of the food court area in White Marsh Mall. Police said the camera was secured with electrical tape to a partition dividing two lavatory areas, pointing toward one of the facilities. The camera and recording equipment, including an SD card containing video, were turned over to police.
Investigators said someone spotted the device inside a the bathroom and alerted authorities on Dec. 23. Since that time, detectives said, they have enhanced the quality of the video in hopes that someone will recognize the man.
“We’re very concerned because this is someone who is attempting to record people when they have an expectation of privacy — when they are vulnerable,” Peach said.
Police said a few people, including children, were recorded.
“We don’t know who his target audience was. We don’t know if he was intending to target adults or our children,” Peach said.
For many shoppers, the news was disturbing.
“That’s disgusting. I don’t know why anyone would want to do that,” said shopper Jakeline Quintanilla.
Quintanilla said she’ll pay more attention when using public restrooms from now on.
“I’m going to be more careful now because I don’t want anyone recording me doing that stuff. I don’t think anyone else wants that either,” she said.
Police believe the camera was only set up for a very short period of time.
White Marsh Mall’s general manager released the following statement:
“The safety and well-being of our shoppers and merchants are of paramount importance to us. White Marsh Mall and our security team are cooperating fully with the Baltimore County Police Department as they continue their investigation into this incident. We ask that you refer all questions to the Baltimore County Police Department.”
Source: WBAL TV