Sunday 22 September 2019

Couple in shock after discovering secret camera in Airbnb bedroom

Derek Starnes and his wife were in shock when they discovered the camera (Photo: Police Handout)
Derek Starnes and his wife were in shock when they discovered the camera (Photo: Police Handout) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A couple were left in shock after they discovered the owner of the Airbnb they were staying in was recording their stay with a hidden camera.

Derek Starnes, from Indiana, had rented a home in Longboat Key, Florida with his wife, New York Daily News reports.

Starnes told a local news broadcaster that he noticed a tiny black hole on the smoke detector in the master bedroom.

On inspection, Starnes said he discovered a small camera and microphone inside it.

The couple alerted the police immediately, who discovered two smoke detector cameras in the home.

They also seized computers and SD cards.

"We don't know if there are local victims, someone who may have been dating, or a companion that doesn't realize they are being videotaped," police Lt. Bob Bourque told the outlet, "And then we have the other side of who he rented through Airbnb."

Homeowner Wayne Natt (56) was arrested and charged with video voyeurism.

He had been renting out the home through Airbnb for two years.

According to the New York Daily News, he allegedly told authorities that he installed the cameras to record sex parties he hosts at his home, but police said they found a video of Starnes and his wife on the device.

According to WFLA, investigators said the SD card also contained "a couple different people."

"My wife and I are distressed by this situation," Starne said. "I hope more victims will come forward."

Airbnb said in a statement that it was "outraged" over the reports and have banned Natt from the site.

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