Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

IN couple finds hidden camera disguised as smoke detector in Airbnb

IN couple finds hidden camera disguised as smoke detector in Airbnb

Derek Starnes and his wife, who were visiting from IN, told WFTS that they were staying at the Cedars Court condo IN Longboat Key last month when they found a camera hidden inside a smoke detector IN the unit's master bedroom and called police.

Starnes took down the detector to examine it and realized the hole, which had faced the bed, looked liked a camera. Derek Starnes told ABC Action News over the phone he and his wife are freaked out by what happened.

Derek Starnes, who was visiting form IN, was IN the home one night when he saw a pinhole IN the smoke detector. He determined the camera was recording to an SD card and called the cops.

Police believe there were many victims who were unknowingly recorded. There is now only one count of video voyeurism against Natt, but if authorities determine that the rest of the seized footage captured unknowing guests, then there could be many more counts. His account with Airbnb had been active for two years, according to Bourque, and Starnes said he noticed that Natt had more than 40 reviews on the hospitality service's website.

The small camera is barely noticeable and can record videos.

Last month, an IN man and his wife were staying at a Longboat Key condo they found on Airbnb at 623 Cedars Court.

Starnes told WFTS that he's certain the camera captured footage of him naked. "I hope more victims will come forward", Starnes told WFTS.

Natt was arrested on September 29 and later released on a bond of $1,500, records show. Authorities say the video files date all the way back to 2008 and now they are asking the public to help identify the victims who stayed in the condo.

"He said it was to save sexual activities", said Bob Bourque. Bourque said Natt's reason for hiding it in the ceiling "was it gave him a better angle". Neither he nor his attorney immediately responded to ABC News request for comment Wednesday.

A spokesperson at Airbnb says they're "outraged" by the accusations and they have permanently banned Natt from using the platform ever again.

"Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served", Breit said. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior".

The lieutenant of police reports that Wayne Natt told investigators that all the world knew that hidden cameras were in his home to film festivals of a sexual nature.

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