Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are trying to find the person or people responsible for installing hidden cameras found in women’s restrooms at an Upper Keys county park, a public beach in Islamorada and a gas station convenience store in Key Largo.
In all three cases, miniature cameras hidden in coat hooks were found mounted on the walls in the women’s restrooms. They were found at Anne’s Beach on May 26, the Circle K Store at mile marker 99.8 on May 28 and in the women’s bathroom at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier Tuesday, May 31.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin said the coat hooks mounted in all three locations are identical to devices available for purchase online, sold by various companies as “home security devices.”
Detectives have notified Monroe County Public Works and Islamorada Public Works and asked them to check all the bathrooms at county and city facilities.
Sheriff Rick Ramsay is asking everyone using public restrooms to be on the lookout for similar devices.
“Anyone who has a public restroom on their property needs to check them closely,” Ramsay said in a statement. “If you find anything suspicious you think might contain a hidden camera, don’t touch it. Call us right away and we will respond.”
All of the devices found so far look like simple white coat hooks with the camera mounted behind it and utilizing a very small hole in the top portion of the coat hook for the lens of the camera. They use motion detection cameras inside to take video.
“Keep in mind, though, that these are very small cameras that can be mounted in many locations and hidden in many seemingly every-day items,” Ramsay said.
The Keynoter will have more on this story in Wednesday's edition.