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Starbucks restroom 'Peeping Tom' arrested

Glendora Police announced the arrest of a man suspected taking 'Peeping Tom' videos at a Starbucks store in the city.

May 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Glendora Police announced the arrest of a man suspected taking "Peeping Tom" videos at a Starbucks store in the city.

William Velasco, 25, was arrested by Glendora Police after two search warrants were served on May 4. Velasco, a San Dimas unemployed student, was arrested on suspicion of placing hidden audio/video recording equipment in the women's restroom of the Starbucks store at 1832 E. Route 66 in Glendora.

A Starbucks employee discovered the device and alerted police.

Velasco is suspected of installing the device, disguised as a coat-hook, directly across from the toilet in the women's restroom and capturing video on April 14-15. He is suspected of downloading content remotely from his car approximately every two hours to his laptop computer.

While serving the search warrants, police recovered the laptop and other computers. Digital media revealed at least 45 female victims using the restroom, including children. Police said it did not appear any of the content had been distributed or uploaded to the Internet.

Police said Velasco was charged with crimes that included secretly videotaping victims for sexual gratification. The full list of charges was not released.

Velasco was held on $50,000 bail and was released. He's scheduled to appear in Citrus Superior Court in West Covina on June 21.

Police were able to identify 11 victims.

Police are scheduled to hold a news conference on Friday at 10 a.m. to ask the public's help in identifying 34 female victims of the crime.

If any female believes she may be a victim of this crime, please contact the Investigations Bureau of the Glendora Police Department at (626) 914-8250.

According to Glendora Police, state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents California's 59th Assembly District, is scheduled to attend the press conference to announce his sponsorship of proposed legislation that would increase the penalties for this type of crime from misdemeanor to felony status.

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