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Pet sitter arrested for hiding camera in neighbor’s bathroom

Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 23:19:08-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A Charlottesville man was denied bond following his arrest on felony charges of unlawfully filming a juvenile and misdemeanor charges of unlawfully filming adults.

Thomas Andrew Eagleson, 45, was arrested Monday. His neighbors called Albemarle Police on March 29 after they found a camera hidden inside their master bathroom.

Thomas Andrew Eagleson (PHOTO: ALBEMARLE COUNTY POLICE)

Thomas Andrew Eagleson (PHOTO: ALBEMARLE COUNTY POLICE)

"The hidden camera contained footage showing each of the family members inside the bathroom using the restroom and showering," an Albemarle Police spokesperson said. "Eagleson had been trusted to take care of the neighbors' pet on March 25-26, 2016, in their absence. That is when the camera was installed."

In addition to the unlawfully filming arrests, Eagleson was also charged with two counts of Breaking and Entering.

"A search warrant was executed at the time of Eagleson's arrest," the police spokesperson said. "Several items were taken from the home as part of the ongoing investigation and additional charges may be pending."

Madeline Curott with the Albemarle County Police Department recommends people look around a bathroom or dressing room for anything unusual.

“Especially holes that look like they don’t belong, anything misplaced, and also look for a power source,” Curott said.

She also said the people doing the recording will often need to retrieve the camera to see the video so people need to keep close tabs on who is coming and going from their home.

“You might want to consider a temporary code for them to get into the house so that way you’re not giving them a key and they can make a copy while you’re gone and they can go back on and retrieve whatever they have planted,” Curott said.

Curott also recommends installing cameras inside your home if you’re planning on having any guests come in when you’re not there.

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