Woman finds camera hidden in bathroom ceiling at Van Buren Township gym

Cellphone believed to belong to gym employee

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VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A gym employee in Wayne County is accused of positioning a cell phone camera in the ceiling of a women’s restroom, which was found by a gym member.

Police say that at about 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, a woman was using the restroom at Anytime Fitness on Belleville Road in Van Buren Township when she noticed a ceiling tile was not set properly. She looked and saw a cellphone camera in the ceiling.

The woman brought the cellphone to management to alert them, but it became obvious to the woman that management was involved, officials said. She grabbed the phone back from employees and called the police.

At that time, a gym employee reportedly fled the building on foot, running out of the back door of the gym.

Police have since identified the owner of the cellphone, and forensics teams are going through the phone. The owner of the phone, an Ypsilanti resident, was processed by police but has been released pending what is found on the phone, officials said.

Police will turn the case over to the Wayne County prosecutor once forensics complete their review of the phone. The prosecutor will decide whether to press charges.

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