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of FOX 13 News
By Catherine Hawley
October 13, 2017
LONGBOAT KEY - A property owner was arrested after
hidden cameras were found inside his vacation rental, police said.
Longboat Key police, the couple rented a house at Cedars
East in Longboat Key using Airbnb in September. Inside
the unit, they said they found small video cameras with
microphones hidden in two smoke detectors -- one in the
living room and one in the master bedroom.
Police arrested Wayne Natt, the property owner, and
charged him with felony video voyeurism after searching
the Cedar Court house and seized the cameras, along with
storage devices and computers.
“Even to think about that is just awful, I think it’s the worst thing
could happen to anyone,” said Marcia Borges, a Minnesota woman who was
staying in Cedars East with her family.
Police said the 56-year-old man admitted the hidden cameras were his,
but told investigators he used them to record sexual activity with
consent. However, when officials reviewed the footage, they found video
of the couple, who said it was captured without their consent.
Investigators said they are still reviewing all of the recordings they
found, but believe there may be other victims. They ask anyone with
information or anyone who believes they could be a victim to call the
Longboat Key police at (941) 316-1977.
Monday afternoon, an AirBnB spokesman issued this statement about the
"We are outraged at the reports of what happened; as soon as we were
made aware, we permanently banned this individual from our community and
fully supported the affected guests. 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. We take privacy issues extremely
seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior,"
Benjamin Breit wrote.