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Rhode Island Man Arrested for Hiding Camera in Target Store Bathroom

Police have arrested a Rhode Island man for hiding a video camera in the family bathroom of a local Target store, a report says.

Providence resident Umit Cakmak, 41, was arrested on January 14 and charged with video voyeurism after being seen on surveillance video leaving the bathroom just before the camera was discovered, according to NBC 10 News.

Police were reportedly called by the management of the Lincoln, Rhode Island, Target store. Employees furnished police with a photo of the man they suspected of placing the camera.

“The camera was in there for only a short time that we know of in this incident,” said Capt. Philip Gould of the Lincoln Police Department.

Prosecutors said that more charges could be added to the video voyeurism if the camera has images of people using the bathroom stored on its internal SD card. Child porn charges could result if there are images of children stored on the camera.

Lincoln police discovered that the Warwick police had an outstanding warrant on Cakmak and he was turned over to that agency after being booked in Lincoln.

Cakmak was arrested without incident in the parking lot of the shopping mall.

“The Lincoln Police would like to acknowledge the diligent work by Target Security as well as the cooperative efforts from the Warwick Police Department,” the department said in a press release.

The department also warned shoppers to be aware of their surroundings.

“If you walk into a bathroom, give it a cursory search. Don’t assume that everything in there is supposed to be in there,” Capt. Gould said. “On the other side of that, if you have a public bathroom, keep an eye on who’s going in there. If somebody looks a little off, check on those things.”

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.

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