Camera found inside restaurant bathroom

Posted at: 04/30/2013 9:21 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2013 10:11 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4


There has been a shocking discovery inside a bathroom at the Chama River Brewing Company. Albuquerque police officers were not taking a break for happy hour at the brew pub Tuesday afternoon, but were, rather, investigating a possible case of voyeurism.
Chama River President Jim Hargrove told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that an employee admitted to installing a camera inside one of the stalls.
It was found by another employee inside a bathroom both men and women employees use, not any customers, police said.
Hargrove said he is not sure if photos, videos or anything was recorded on the camera.
"An employee admitted to me that he had placed a camera in that bathroom, so we fired him on the spot and contacted police," Hargrove said. "I just don't know what to say, we're just shaking our heads."
Customers crowded outside the front doors Tuesday evening. It just so happens, Chama River Brewing Company is closed this week for scheduled maintenance.
Hargrove said the camera discovery was not brought to his attention until Monday.
Police said the problem is that another manager knew about it five days ago. For unknown reasons, that manager gave the camera back to the employee and then notified the head of the company, who called police.
"We're hoping that any evidence hasn't been lost or destroyed so we're really behind the power curve on this," Officer Robert Gibbs said.
Inappropriately photographing or recording anyone under the age of 18 is a felony in the state of New Mexico and a misdemeanor for anyone over 18 years old.
As far as possible charges, each picture, if there are any, could be a separate count. The suspect has not yet been named.