Couple Finds Hidden Cameras in Florida Airbnb, Owner Arrested

Ross Houston
October 12, 2017

Wayne Natt, 56, who posted the room on Airbnb, was arrested for video voyeurism and is now out on bond.

Starnes said he was only able to notice the obscured pinhole camera because he works in the Information Technology sector. A Korean couple traveling in Japan also found a camera hidden in a fire detector in July, then a month later a Chinese couple experienced the same thing in Taiwan. He shared a photo from inside the bedroom so others who may have stayed there can see if they were potential victims. Upon further investigation, they discovered it wasn't a smoke detector at all, but rather a spycam!

Police say a couple from IN was staying at the condo when the man noticed something odd about the smoke detector above the bed IN the master bedroom.

Derek Starnes, who was visiting form IN, was IN the home one night when he saw a pinhole IN the smoke detector.

Responding officers later seized 'a lot of computer storage data drives, hard drives, computers, laptops [and] SD cards, ' Longboat Key police Lt.


Bourque said Wayne Natt's listed his condo on Airbnb for two years and there could be hundreds of victims.

A homeowner in Florida allegedly used hidden cameras to secretly record guests at his Airbnb rental unit - and investigators believe he's been spying on his guests for almost a decade. Starnes said he knows the video captured him walking through the bedroom naked.

"He said it was to save sexual activities", said Bob Bourque.

Pictured, Indiana man, Derek Starnes and his wifeWayne Natt Airbnb host: Insists that he had permission to video.

"If people are consenting to recording sexual activity, why is it in a hidden smoke alarm?"


Starnes, who said both he and his wife are "distressed by this situation", hopes that those who have previously rented from Natt will come forward. Bourque said Natt's reason for hiding it in the ceiling "was it gave him a better angle".

A spokesperson at Airbnb says they're "outraged" by the accusations and they have permanently banned Natt from using the platform ever again.

Natt has since been released on bail, but may face additional charges. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior", Breit added.

Natt lives in the unit when it's not rented and told investigators the cameras are for his personal use and aren't turned on when guests are there.


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