Police: Boss hid cameras to spy on female employee inside home - KCTV5

Police: Boss hid cameras to spy on female employee inside home

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local landlord and tattoo shop owner is suspected of a disturbing surveillance scheme involving one of his tenants.

The cameras were disguised as smoke detectors. When police unscrewed them, they found wires leading to a computer with a total of 11 views inside the woman's apartment.

In support of the woman, some employees have walked off the job, apparently forcing the closure of two of the man's area tattoo shops.

The 25-year-old woman who worked at the Freaks tattoo shop said her boss was also her landlord.

The apartments are at East 41st Street and Troost Avenue, sitting above a business that merely rents the space from him.

Below that is the basement where on Saturday, police said they found the split screen monitor and a recording device.

They eventually found four cameras in smoke detectors, in the kitchen, hall, living room and a bedroom.

That led them to seven smaller cameras - three in the bedroom and four in the bathroom.

According to a police report, some were in tiny holes in the drywall, including two which gave a view of the shower. Two more were concealed in the sink vanity's decorative trim, which showed a view of the toilet.

The woman who was targeted said the landlord, who was also her boss, had hit on her before, and she had rejected his sexual advances.

The police report noted there were no hidden cameras in her roommate's bedroom.

The landlord and business owner has not yet been arrested or charged, and so far, police have presented no evidence of hidden cameras in his business.

As a rule, KCTV5 News does not identify people until they are charged in court, so we are not naming the man.

Freaks has three locations in the Kansas City area. Two locations were closed on Thursday after employees walked off the job in support of the woman.

A sign posted for customers at the store at 41st and Broadway said, "We are closed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Here is a list of reputable shops." No sign was on the 39th Street store, but it was closed as well.

A message was posted on Freaks Facebook page. It read in part, "Freaks on Broadway has now closed its doors. Most people have now heard what was going on. It's all over the news. ALL employees are innocent victims of this horrible crime. As we the artists spread to different shops in the area, you will soon be able to locate all of this."

The Freaks on Noland Road in Independence was open on Thursday, but "catering to our personal clientele and finishing appointments and we are accepting piercings."

KCTV5's DeAnn Smith and Dave Jordan contributed to this report.

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