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Pinellas Park police: Man secretly videotaped people using office restrooms

PINELLAS PARK — An office building maintenance worker is accused of putting video cameras inside the building’s restrooms to record people as they used the facilities, Pinellas Park police said.

Investigators believe John Phillip Gibbs, 49, of Largo has been recording people in restrooms since February.

The investigation started March 2 when police were called to the office building at 12360 66th St. N to investigate a "suspicious incident" inside one of the women’s restrooms, police said. Officers found two cameras above the ceiling tiles inside two different women’s restrooms. Detectives found video on the cameras of multiple women and men using the restroom, investigators said.

Police zeroed in on Gibbs, who was captured in video on the cameras, they said. Detectives have identified 14 people on video, but have been unable to identify several others, they said. Building management notified the 60 tenants with the hope of identifying the rest, according to police.

Gibbs was arrested on nine counts of video voyeurism, a felony charge, Pinellas County jail records show. He was held Thursday in the jail in lieu of $90,000 bail.

Detectives asked anyone who believes they might be a victim to contact the Pinellas Park Police Department at (727) 369-7864.

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