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Sears worker had secretly taped women for three years, police say

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Authorities say they believe a maintenance worker accused of secretly videotaping women in a North Hollywood Sears store's restroom and fitting rooms had been doing so for several years.

Detectives arrested Alejandro Gamiz, 27, on April 12 after finding hidden cameras that he allegedly placed behind store walls, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Authorities believe he had been taping women for three years, KTLA-TV reported.

Gamiz was arrested on charges of burglary and surreptitious filming of unsuspecting women. He was released after posting $20,000 bail.

The case has been forwarded to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for review, the LAPD said. Police asked anyone with information to call Det. Martin Pinner or Det. Karen Crawford at (818) 623-4090.

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-- From a Times staff writer

Map: Shows approximate location of Sears in black and recent crime reports in brown and red. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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