LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. – A man has been arrested when a voyeur cam was found in his vacation rental.

An Indiana couple visiting Longboat Key, Florida, found an unnerving surprise in the master bedroom of their Airbnb. They discovered a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector.

Voyeur Cam Discovered

Derek Starnes told WFTS that he noticed a small, black hole on the side of a smoke detector in the room. When he took it down to get a better look, Starnes realized the hole was a camera. The camera was pointing right at the couple’s bed.

Starnes then called the police. Following their investigation, they later arrested homeowner Wayne Natt, 56. As a result, Natt has since been charged with one count of video voyeurism, WFTS reported.

“We did have the opportunity to analyze what was on the SD card and there are a couple of different people on them,” Longboat Key Police Lt. Robert Bourque told WFLA.

Starnes said both he and his wife are “distressed by this situation.” As a result, he hopes that those who have previously rented from Natt will come forward.

Homeowner Has Lame Explanation

Natt told police that the camera was used to record sexual activity, according to Bourque. The lieutenant added that Natt said he hid the camera in the smoke detector to get “a better angle.” Natt also claimed renters knew they were being filmed, according to Bourque.

Natt lives in the unit when it’s not booked. He says the cameras are for his personal use and are not activated when guests are present. But police say the cameras can be operated remotely and they found numerous videos in the bedroom, including one of the Indiana couple.

Airbnb Response

In a statement to WFTS, Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said the company was “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. Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of the egregious offense and we hope justice is served. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior.”

Investigation

“Our question is, if people are aware the cameras are there, why are they hidden in smoke alarms? And his answer was – for a better angle,” said Bourque.

As a result of the investigation, authorities believe there are many victims who were unknowingly recorded.

“Who knows what it’s being used for, so it’s very concerning,” said Bourque.

Police have confiscated the cameras and computer equipment. Some of the recovered videos date back to 2008. Detectives could really use the public’s help in this case.

“I suspect there are other victims, it’s just a matter of identifying them or not,” said Bourque.

Finally, Natt has since been released on bond, but police say he could face more charges.

Prior to his arrest, Natt had more than 40 reviews on Airbnb and had been on the home-sharing site for two years, reported the news agency.

(Photo: Longboat Key Police Department)