Woman finds hidden camera in Starbucks bathroom
Brea, Calif. (KTLA) -- Brea police on Monday were working to identify the person who put a hidden camera in a Starbucks bathroom.
The camera, which was about the size of a large pen, was mounted under a shelf in the restroom of the Starbucks located at 101 West Imperial Hwy. (map), the Brea Police Department tweeted on Monday.
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According to a news release from the department, a woman was using the restroom when she found the device. She removed the item and alerted police, who were initially unsure if the item was in fact a camera.
Later, an Orange County Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory examined the item and determined it was a miniature video camera, the release stated.
Photos from the alarming incident:
An undisclosed number of people were recorded on the device. An in-depth examination would be conducted to identify potential victims as well as the person who placed the camera in the bathroom, according to the release.
It was not immediately known how long it had been in the location before it was found.
"We take our obligation to provide a safe environment for our customers and partners (employees) very seriously," a Starbucks spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement to KTLA on Monday afternoon. "As a part of regular store operations, we monitor the seating areas and restrooms in our stores on a regular basis to identify potential safety or security concerns."
The statement continued that the company would continue to work with local authorities on the matter.
This was the second time in less than two months that a hidden camera was discovered in the restroom of a Southern California location of the popular coffee chain.
Last month, a mother told KTLA that her 5-year-old son found one at the Starbucks near Avenue K and 10th Street West in Lancaster.
Police have not said the two incidents were connected.
UPDATE -- Police have reportedly arrested the man suspected of planting the camera: