HANDYMAN ARRESTED: Hidden Cameras Found

A Grundy Center man is accused of placing hidden cameras inside a house and secretly recording the people inside.

“They sell them actually looked like a key fab for a vehicle.  You know, your unlock- lock button thing,” says Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff.

That’s what police say a 26-year-old woman found in her bedroom.

“They were suspicious of it because when it looked at it, it looked like it had a camera lens and that’s why they contacted us,” says Huff.

Police say their 45-year-old contractor David Araiza was secretly recording them.  The homeowner says she hired him to remodel her kitchen.  Police found audio recordings and naked pictures of two people on three cameras planted inside the house.

“I think if you’d had work done by him you might be a little suspicious right now,” says Huff.

Pam Miras and Lee Schulze know the feeling.  They first hired Araiza to fix their house in Tama County two years ago.

“Both of us have children and grandchildren and something like this is really serious,” says Miras.

She called him two weeks ago for a project.

“We have a couple 18-year-old girls that live upstairs there and he does some work up there so we don’t know if he put up a camera outside to tape them or inside.   So yea, we are a little concerned,” says Miras.

Ames police say you can never be too careful, but everyone should expect to feel safe in their home.

“Most people think they are safe when you’re inside your own house and for something like this to happen, I think it’s pretty  disconcerting,” says Huff.

Araiza was arrested Friday and is being held at the Story County Jail tonight on a $40,000 bond.  He is charged with two counts of unlawful interception of communication and two counts of invasion of privacy – nudity.

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