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Contractor Romeo Sanchez accused of planting hidden cameras in 2 homes in Paramus, Wayne, New Jersey

PARAMUS, New Jersey (WABC) — A contractor in New Jersey is accused of planting cameras in at least two families’ bathrooms.

Romeo Sanchez, 47, was arrested and charged on Sept. 17 with invasion of privacy.

Officials say a resident in Paramus noticed a suspicious electronic device in their bathroom on Aug. 25.

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The device was later determined to be a micro camera with a memory card that was secreted into the bathroom wall.

The resident told police they hired Sanchez to replace a window in their home. Sanchez did not finish the job and told the homeowner he would return at a later date and time to finish.

Detectives found several video clips of the victim’s bathroom and other video clips of a bathroom at an unknown residence when they examined the memory card.

Sanchez admitted to police that he placed the camera in the bathroom and planned on retrieving it when he returned to finish the job.

He told police the other unknown location was at a bathroom of a home he did work on in Wayne, New Jersey.

Police say Sanchez is a handyman who was trusted and recommended from friend to friend.

Officials said anyone who has workers coming in to their homes should check outlets, crevices and small corners.

Anyone with further information should contact Detective Mark Pinajian at 201-262-3400 ext. 1429.

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Man put hidden camera in bathroom of Paramus, Wayne homes, police say

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When someone is arrested and charged with a crime in New Jersey, police departments observe a protocol that includes the reading of Miranda Rights.

A West New York contractor was charged with invasion of privacy after he admitted to putting a camera in the bathrooms of homes in Paramus and Wayne, police said. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, admitted to police that he put the cameras in the bathrooms after the Paramus resident reported a suspicious electronic device in their bathroom on Aug. 25, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said in a statement. 

Police found it to be a “micro” camera with a memory card in one of the walls of the bathroom, the statement said, where the memory card had video clips of the bathroom and a bathroom at a different location. 

Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York was charged for putting a camera in the bathroom of a Paramus home while he was there to replace a window, according to Paramus Police. (Photo: Courtesy of Paramus Police Department)

Sanchez was identified by the resident as a contractor they hired to replace a window, where Sanchez said he didn’t finish and needed to come back, the statement said.

Police located Sanchez, who confessed to putting the camera in the Paramus home and planned to get it back when he came to “finish his job,” police said. Sanchez also identified the videos of the different location as a home in Wayne. 

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Paramus police said the investigation into the second home was left to Wayne police, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Anyone with information regarding Sanchez is asked to contact Paramus

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