Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Hidden camera leads to charges

November 18, 2004

Basehor police arrested a 22-year-old man last week after they learned he'd destroyed private property to place a video camera inside a business.

Hinndley K. Espinales is charged in municipal court with criminal damage to property and eavesdropping. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Police said Espinales, a manager at a now former Basehor business, destroyed pieces of walls and ceilings to place the camera above the office of a neighboring business, located on Parallel Road.

Police were notified of the problem, which they took quite seriously, Basehor police chief Terry Horner said.

The camera was found after employees found debris from ceiling tile on the floor.

"In a couple of different places the wall had to be busted to get from one business to another," said Horner.

"You could look straight up and see the hole. It sure threw up some red flags."

After conducting interviews at the scene, police questioned Espinales and received approval to conduct a search warrant where he worked. Horner said Espinales told police he placed the camera inside the business because he'd suspected employees there of being responsible for recent thefts at his place of employment.

Police could find no reports of alleged thefts occurring where Espinales worked. He was arrested and taken to Leavenworth County Jail, but has since posted bond.

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