Store manager admits to placing recording device in restroom


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 9:15 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville bike shop manager admits he videotaped people using the store's bathroom.

Police say weeks went by before a female employee at the Bardstown Road Bicycle Company noticed something out of place in the store's only bathroom. A recording device, about an inch in diameter, had been placed underneath the vanity.

"It's something small enough that unless someone was looking for it, it wasn't readily noticeable," Alicia Smiley, with Louisville Metro Police, said.

The employee immediately contacted police.

"It had been in the bathroom actually recording images of people who visited that location. Our officer is still going through the images, so specifically, how many people fell victim to this, is still uncertain," Smiley said.

The store manager, Stephen Wood, 48, admitted to placing the camera in the unisex restroom periodically over the last two to three weeks, for purposes of viewing and videotaping victim's genitals. He was arraigned Tuesday morning, March 18, on a charge of video voyeurism.

Police say this case serves as a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings, even when you think you're alone.

"Unfortunately, with the use of cell phone cameras and everything else you're always at risk of being videotaped, so that's why we encourage that no matter where you are, unless you're at your home or with someone you can trust, always be aware of your surroundings," Smiley said.

The bike shop's owner turned down an on-camera interview but did say Wood no longer works for the company.

"We would encourage anyone who's been to this location and possibly used the facilities there to contact the crime tip hotline to see if, unfortunately, they were a victim to this crime," Smiley said.

Wood will face a judge on March 28. He’s jailed on a $1,000 cash bond.