Updated: Sheriff’s Office seeks victims in hidden camera case
Authorities from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office had minimal updates Thursday morning Dec. 17 regarding the ongoing invesitgation into a homeowner in Grand County suspected of installing hidden cameras in rooms he rented to female tenants. According to Grand County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Dan Mayer authorities have identified two females victims in the case. Based on evidence collected from laptops seized during incidental searches investigators believe there are approximately seven more victims associated with the alleged crime. Authorities are working to identify the remaining victims and are asking anyone who believes they may have been filmed at the residence in question to contact the Sheriff’s Dept.
A camera found inside a carbon monoxide detector in a rental home in Fraser is prompting a serious investigation from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO).
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.
“It is extremely concerning to me that innocent women were unknowingly having video taken of them in private areas of the home they were renting,” said Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. “We would like to identify as many victims as possible as we move forward with this investigation.”
Authorities are asking any potential victims to contact Investigator Pam Perchiera at 970-725-3343. The name of the suspect in the case has not yet been released.
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