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Handyman hid cameras in woman’s stuffed animals, ceiling, bathroom faucet, police say

Detectives fear more customers are victims of voyeurism

Officers arrested a man who was accused of installing hidden cameras in a woman's house. He is in Miami-Dade County awaiting extradition to Broward County.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A man is facing voyeurism charges after a customer accused him of secretly installing surveillance cameras while he was working as a handyman.

Officers arrested Pedro Pomares Avila after a woman accused him of installing surveillance cameras all over her Hallandale Beach home without her authorization.

Officers reported there were hidden cameras in stuffed animals, in the ceiling, in a printer, in a bookcase, in closets, in a smoke detector, and even in a bathroom faucet.

A man was arrested in Miami-Dade County and is facing charges after a woman accused him of installing hidden cameras all over her home.

Corrections officers have been holding Pomares Avila, 50, without bond since Tuesday afternoon at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Miami-Dade County records show.

Capt. Pedro Abut, a spokesman for the Hallandale Beach Police Department, is asking anyone who hired him to do work at their homes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to look for hidden cameras.

A man is facing voyeurism charges in Miami-Dade County after a customer accused him of secretly installing a surveillance camera while he was working as a handyman.

“Review the work that he did, and if they find something suspicious and they believe they are a victim to notify the authorities so we can look into it,” Abut said.

The investigation began in June after the victims confronted Pomares Avila and he struck them and left the home, police said. He appeared in court on Wednesday and was denied bond as he waits for extradition to Broward County wher he is facing two counts of video voyeurism and two counts of battery.


About the Author:

Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.