Spy camera found in Darien Subway bathroom
Published 1:35 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2012
STAMFORD -- A Darien Subway sandwich employee's scheme to photograph his patrons by using a hidden camera stuffed into insulation under the bathroom sink in the sandwich shop's unisex bathroom was ended by an observant armored car driver, police said.
Dias, represented by attorney Alexander Martinez, did not say a word during the arraignment, which was continued to Aug. 30.
According to Dias' three-page arrest warrant affidavit, Garda Armored Car Service driver Rafael Rivera visited the sandwich shop near the Noroton Heights railroad station on July 30 and used the bathroom.
At first he noticed what he thought was a computer thumb drive that had been pushed into a slit of some insulation wrapped around the drain pipe under the sink.
After taking a closer look, Rivera discovered the device had a lens.
Rivera took the device with him to ensure no one else would end up being recorded in the bathroom, the affidavit said. Rivera turned the camera over to his supervisor, who then turned it over to Stamford police.
When police investigators looked the device up on the Internet, they discovered the camera was designed to look like a thumb drive, the affidavit said.
Detectives looking for what had been filmed found a video file that showed Dias actually setting the camera up in the bathroom; police released a photo from that video file.
They also found films of two men and a woman using the toilet.
"It appears from the angle that this subject had set up the camera that he is more interested in seeing the genitalia of male subject, which may include minor children as well as adults," according to the affidavit.
After police determined it was Dias setting up the camera, they obtained a search warrant and at 1:15 Thursday afternoon took Dias into custody at the 22 Heights Road shop.
After determining that Dias has been in the country for the past 12 years illegally, Darien Police contacted the United States Immigration Service, who subsequently placed a detainer on Dias, meaning he is now being held indefinitely. Police said Dias had no prior criminal history.
At 5 p.m. Thursday, Darien detectives executed a search warrant on Dias' Bridgeport residence. The search produced an additional spy-type camera and associated computer equipment. Police said these items will be forensically examined and that the matter is still under investigation.
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