The vacation rental was located on Longboat Key and it was an IN couple, staying at the rental last month that first noticed they were being watched by a hidden camera and microphone positioned IN the smoke alarm above the bed. When he took it down, he saw the hole was actually a recording camera.
Local authorities said they found two cameras hidden in smoke detectors at the property.
Police said some of the recorded videos date back as far as 2008, and they say they are concerned because of the high number of people who may have never known they were being recorded. An Indiana couple told cops that they were renting the home of 56-year-old Wayne Natt.
Investigators came to the home at 623 Cedars Court in Longboat Key and went to work, according to ABC Action News. The camera was pointing right at the couple's bed.
Responding officers later seized "a lot of computer storage data drives, hard drives, computers, laptops [and] SD cards", Longboat Key police Lt.
They are now going through the data to see if local victims dating Natt were also recorded without consent as well as prior Airbnb customers.
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. A second camera was in the living room.
Starnes said Natt's townhouse had over 40 reviews on Airbnb.
Starnes told WFTS that he's certain the camera captured footage of him naked.
Bourque says Natt told them everyone knew he had hidden cameras in his condo for sex parties that he threw.
"He says that everyone videoed had knowledge he was videoing them", Bourque told WFTS.
"If people are consenting to recording sexual activity, why is it hidden in a smoke alarm?" said Bourque. "He said it was for recording sexual activity".
"We are outraged at the reports of what happened; as soon as we were made aware, we permanently banned this individual from our community and fully supported the affected guests".
The lieutenant also explained that he and his colleagues now have to identify the potential other victims and determine whether they were filmed surreptitiously. He said the home has been on the market for about two years, and there could possibly be hundreds of victims. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior", Breit added.