Detectives Investigating Hidden Cameras Found in Women’s Restrooms

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Detectives in the Upper Keys are investigating three reports involving hidden cameras found in women’s restrooms.

In all three incidents, miniature cameras hidden in coat hooks were found mounted on the walls in the women’s restrooms. They were found at Anne’s Beach on May 26th, the Circle K Store at the 99.8 mile marker of Highway U.S. One on May 28th and in the women’s bathroom at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier today [May 31st].

The coat hooks mounted in all three locations are identical to devices available for purchase on line, sold by various companies as “home security devices”. Detectives have notified Monroe County Public Works and Islamorada Public Works and asked them to check all the bathrooms at county and city facilities; Sheriff Rick Ramsay wants to let everyone know so they also can be on the lookout.

“Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely,” said Sheriff Ramsay. “If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don’t touch it. Call us right away and we will respond,” he said.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that all devices found so far look like simple white coat hooks. The camera is mounted behind it, using a tiny hole at the top for the lens. Motion activates the video cameras.

“Keep in mind, though, that these are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly every-day items,” said the Sheriff.

“Monroe County staff have searched every bathroom stall in every County facility to ensure that there are no more hidden cameras,” confirmed Monroe County Public Affairs Officer, Cammy Clark at 4:40 pm Tuesday. Additionally, Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson, who oversees the Facilities Department, has mandated that searching for new objects become a routine part of all janitorial cleaning and maintenance inspections.

If you find a hidden camera, authorities ask that you notify law enforcement.

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