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Sears store workers outraged after video peeping-tom case revealed

A maintenance worker is accused of installing cameras in bathrooms and fitting areas. John Cadiz Klemack reports.

A maintenance worker was arrested after he allegedly hid cameras in a North Hollywood Sears store's fitting rooms and bathrooms so that he could record video of unsuspecting women, authorities said.

“We don’t know if our face has been on it, just body parts, we don’t know anything about it, all we know is he had us on film,” said Crystal Dean, one of three employees now looking to sue Sears.

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Those employees claim that Sears knowingly allowed the video recording to happen for up to four months before telling workers or police.


"I felt really hurt that nothing has, nothing was told to us more," Dean said.

Sears corporate office in Illinois responded with this statement to NBC4: "If we were to learn that others were involved in this incident or knew of it and failed to report it, we will take disciplinary action."

Alejandro Gamiz, 27, was arrested on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Police said that Gamiz had allegedly placed hidden cameras behind the walls of the store located at 12121 Victory Boulevard.

He was booked on suspicion of burglary for the surreptitious filming of unsuspecting women into the Los Angeles County Jail and released after posting $20,000 bail. He has a court date set for May 11.

It's not clear how long the video cameras were installed.

Police said that they seized evidence from the department store security personnel and that Gamiz was cooperating with detectives.

“We work very hard to provide the safe environment and have been for over 125 years with Sears stores, so I think we're very proactive in going out to our other stores immediately and making sure there wasn't any equipment in any other stores like this," said Sears spokesman Mark Adamson.

The Sears workers' lawyer, Michael Alder, has set up a website -- www.SearsPeepingTom.com -- for any other Sears employees who may want to sue Sears.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact North Hollywood Division detectives Martin Pinner or Karen Crawford at (818) 623-4090 or (818) 623-4045.

A Sears representative, Kim Freely, may be contacted at 847-286-6093. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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