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Airbnb Hidden Camera Discovered by Vacationing Couple

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 05:45 PM

An Indiana couple saying in a Florida Airbnb home discovered a hidden camera in a smoke detector and called police.

Derek Starnes, a tech industry employee, discovered the camera and a microphone, which were recording to an HD card, inside a smoke detector in the master bathroom in the Florida home, WFTS reported.

The police found computer storage devices in the home but have not yet processed them to see what is on them, WFTS reported. “We don’t know if there are local victims someone who may have been dating him or a companion that doesn’t realize they are being videotaped, and then we have the other side of who he rented to through Airbnb,” Longboat Key Police Lt. Bob Bourque said, according to WFTS.

Bourque also told WFLA that the SD cards had “a couple of different people on them and that some videos went all the way back to 2008.

The home’s owner, Wayne Natt, was arrested on video voyeurism charges, but claims he had the camera to record sex parties at his home and that all parties had consented to the recordings, WFTS reported. A video of Starnes and his wife was found on the device, however.

Airbnb has removed Natt’s account from their site. Representative Ben Breit said in a statement to WFTS, “We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior,” adding that the company was “outraged” at the incident and that it fully supports the guests in the situation.

“My wife and I are distressed by this situation. I hope more victims will come forward,” Starnes said to WFTS.

Twitter was fairly uniform in its opinion that the camera was “creepy.”

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