A hidden camera was found in the bathroom of a local Starbucks in Orange County, California (video below).
The camera was found mounted under a shelf by a woman using the restroom at a Starbucks in Brea Monday afternoon, KTLA reported. She removed it and immediately contacted authorities.
Police were initially unsure if the device, which was about the size of a pen, was actually a camera. An Orange County Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory later confirmed that it was a miniature video camera upon examining the item.
Investigators are now trying to identify the potential victims as well as the person responsible for placing the camera in the restroom. It is not known at this time how many people were recorded on the device or how long the device was in the restroom.
A Starbucks spokesperson issued the following statement:
“We take our obligation to provide a safe environment for our customers and partners (employees) very seriously. 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 went on to say that the Starbucks would continue to work with investigators on the matter.
Last month, ABC 7 reported about a similar incident at a Starbucks in Southern California.
A mother said her 5-year-old son found a hidden camera while in the restroom of a Starbucks in Lancaster. Police have not yet determined if the two incidents are connected.
Photo Credit: KTLA, WikiCommons