Police: Handyman arrested for allegedly placing camera in customer’s bathroom

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    Paramus, NJ (WCBS) — Paramus police have arrested a handyman for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a customer’s bathroom and said he didn’t just do it in their town.

They are asking local residents if they remember hiring him before, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Wednesday.

It looks like a regular charger, but if you look closely, “It’s got the pinhole camera right there. It’s motion-activated audio and video recording,” Det. Mark Pinajian said.

When pried open, “There’s an SD card slot there,” Pinajian said.

Paramus police said a woman found the device in her bathroom.

“Noticed it plugged into the outlet, knowing her home and that it didn’t belong to her,” Pinajian said.

When she opened it and watched what was on the card, “Saw clips on there, especially of her bathroom and herself,” Pinajian said.

And it didn’t just happen to her.

“There was another location on that camera,” Pinajian said.

That location was another bathroom in Wayne. That alleged incident was also caught on the camera the handyman was hired by the woman to fix a window. Police arrested 47-year-old Romeo Sanchez of West New York, a married father.

Police said he admitted to doing it and planned to retrieve the device when he returned to finish his work. They said there’s no evidence he distributed the video to anyone and added there were no kids in either home.

“As far as we can see, he’s not a licensed contractor. He’s just like a handyman to do small odds and ends jobs and he was being referred to other people. That’s how he was getting business,” Pinajian said.

More people have called police now concerned that they, too, may have been a victim.

“If you have somebody in your home,

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34-year-old labour contractor arrested for raping tribal girl in Raigad

Raigad’s Pali police on Friday arrested a 34-year-old labour contractor for allegedly raping a minor girl. Police officials said that the accused and the 16-year-old girl were living together since January 2019 at his house, where the parents of the accused also stayed with him.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Patil allegedly raped the 16-year-old girl on multiple occasions until October. In her complaint, the victim said that she was scared and hence did not file a complaint till now.

Kirankumar Suryawanshi, deputy superintendent of police, said, “We received her complaint on Tuesday and after the preliminary investigation, we have arrested the accused. Initially, she had approached the Kasa police from where the case was transferred to Pali, where the alleged incident took place.”

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Acting on the minor’s complaint, the Pali police booked Patil under sections of rape and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The girl has been handed over to her parents.

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Out on bail, contractor arrested for extortion

The Panvel City police have arrested a civil contractor, who recently secured bail citing the risk of contracting COVID-19, for threatening to kill a building material supplier if he did not hand over his construction contracts.

Police inspector Shatrughn Mali said Rajesh Kaikadi alias Raja (40) threatened the complainant on several occasions, but on October 4, he pointed a gun at him. “The same day a complaint was filed. We suspect that the accused has threatened many others in a similar way,” Mr. Mali said.

On October 7, a team of 12 personnel reached Mr. Kaikadi’s house in Karanjade at 2 a.m., but he refused to open the door. The police then broke open the door and found him waiting to attack them with a rod.

The police said the accused tried to inflict injuries on his body by banging his head against a window pane when he realised he would get caught. The team finally nabbed him at 5 a.m. A country-made pistol worth ₹25,000 and two live cartridges were recovered.

The accused has been previously arrested in 12 cases, with charges including murder, attempted murder, rape and attacking government employees.

He has also been booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, and was in jail in connection with the murder of Sada Sable, a local leader in Panvel.

The police have appealed to citizens, including developers and building material suppliers, to file a report if they have received extortion calls from the accused.

He has been charged under Sections 385, 506 (2), and 504 of the Indian Penal Code; Sections 3 and 25 of the Arms Act; and Sections 37(1) and 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act.

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Hillsborough County Sheriff: 27 unlicensed contractors arrested

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says one man even showed up to the job with cocaine in his shoe.

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. — A 10-day sting led to the arrest of more than two dozen unlicensed contractors. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said undercover deputies posed as homeowners and met with people who advertised home improvement services online. The sheriff’s office said this led to the arrests of 27 unlicensed contractors.

The undercover operation took place in Sun City Center from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2. 

The unlicensed contractors offered to replace or remodel bathrooms, doors, windows, and in a few cases, said they could pour concrete pads and sidewalks around the property, according to the sheriff’s office. 

“When you hire a contractor, you expect professionalism and complete accountability. By hiring someone who does not have the proper credentials, you don’t know who you’re allowing into your home or the damage they could potentially cause to your property,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “During the ongoing pandemic, many people are in the house more often and looking for ways to fix up their homes. We urge homeowners to do their research before committing to an expensive service that requires professional training and experience.

Out of the 27 people arrested, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said there was a high-risk sexual offender on felony probation and a man who showed up to work with cocaine.

Keith Andrew Hall, 49, offered to remodel a walk-in shower for $1,600, deputies said. Then, they discovered Hall was on GPS-monitored felony on GPS-monitored felony probation after being convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12 to 15 years of age, lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim less than 16 years of age, and promoting the sexual performance of a child. 


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