Investigation continues in hidden camera case
Authorities are still investigating the incident from Dec. 11 where hidden cameras were found in a rental home near the Red Dirt area of Grand County.
Photos and videos retrieved from the home will be sent to a computer lab to be analyzed this week. Results should be back in a week or two, said Lt. Dan Mayer of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. “There is a delay because of the upcoming holiday.”
This is a unique crime because no one knows who the people are in the pictures and video, he said.
So far investigators have discovered a video of the first victim. In the video she is feeding her dog. Later the video shows a deputy coming into the house and the video stops.
The Sheriff’s office is working with the DA’s office to build a strong case.
“We can’t charge too quickly because other things can come up and we can’t charge the person twice,” said Mayer.
Many people have been calling Pam Perchiera, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office investigator, to find out if they are on the videos. She is using DMV photos to try to determine who is in the video as part of her investigation.
Several Grand County residents have been calling the sheriff’s office to ask it is illegal for homeowners who rent their homes to have video devices. It is legal to have them in common areas just not in bedrooms and bathrooms, Mayer said. It is also legal to have videos in outside common areas.
Meyers recommends examining your carbon monoxide detectors. They are never plugged into an outlet; they are hardwired or use a battery.
Sequence of events
On Fri. Dec. 11 the GCSO received a call from a female county resident who discovered what she believed to be a video camera in the carbon monoxide detector located in the bedroom of her rental house. The female caller informed authorities she rented the room where the camera was found from a male party who owned the home and advertised rooms for rent. The female caller said she noticed her carbon monoxide (CO) detector looked suspicious and after closer examination believed it contained a camera.
A GCSO Deputy examined the CO detector and found a small camera and an antenna hidden inside the detector casing. Following the discovery a search warrant was obtained for 295 Mountain View Ave, on Grand County Road 541. The search warrant was served during the afternoon of Dec. 11. During further searches of the residence similar cameras were found in an additional guest/rental bedroom and a camera was also found in the bathroom adjacent to the bedrooms designated for the renters.
The two cameras found in the bedrooms of the residence were located in artificial CO detector/alarm systems. The camera discovered in the bathroom was located within the housing for a small fan. As part of their search investigators also recovered laptop computers and other evidence from the residence.
The GCSO believes there are multiple victims associated with the alleged crime based on video evidence recovered incidental to the search of the residence. Some of the victims have been identified but there are several more victims they are working to identify.
The GCSO is attempting to identify possible victims that may have rented rooms at the same residence over the past several years. According to the press release issued by the GCSO the suspect in the case advertised rooms for rent for women working at Winter Park Ski Resort. The rooms were advertised on the web site Craigslist.
The investigation is ongoing and the homeowner has not been charged with a crime
Investigator Pam Perchiera can be reached at 970-725-3343 .
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