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Police: Restaurant Worker Set up Spy Camera in Public Bathroom

Darien Police say Marco Dias, an employee at Subway restaurant at 22 Heights Rd., set up a spy camera in the bathroom, taping at least three victims.

A 21-year-old Bridgeport man installed a spy camera in a bathroom at Subway restaurant on 22 Heights Rd., taping at least three people in the unisex bathroom, Darien police say.

Police arrested Marco Dias of 170 Kaechele St., Bridgeport, on three counts of voyeurism, a felony. He has no prior criminal history, police said.

Police initially held him in lieu of $25,000 bond, but police said a check with the federal government revealed he is an illegal alien, so the U.S. Immigration Service issued a detainer on him, meaning he will be held indefinitely until his immigration status is resolved.

gave this account of the investigation:

On Aug. 1, police were told a spy camera had been installed in the restaurant bathroom. The camera was later taken by police, who examined the video footage.

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Editor's note: See also "Cops: Voyeur's Spy Camera Was Found Under Sink"

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The footage showed three people who had been unknowingly captured on tape. The tape also captured Diaz, who was identified as an employee of the restaurant.

"Due to the nature of the crime and the potential for further victims, the investigation was expedited," wrote Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr., a spokesman for the Police Department, in a news release issued Thursday night. Police applied for and were granted an arrest warrant Thursday.

Dias was arrested at 1:15 p.m. at Subway.

At 5 p.m., Darien police detectives executing a search and seizure warrant, searched Dias' home in Bridgeport. There they found another spy camera and associated computer equipment which will be examined in the ongoing investigation.

Editor's note: This article originally was posted Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

Tom Wilson August 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Would never happen at Taco Bell.
Rich August 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Love Taco Bell Tom, but don't think anyone would use the john there for obvious reasons....
Cath August 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM
He got a job at subway as an illegal alien, but the rest of us who are legal here have a hard enough time getting jobs as it is....go figure. I always want to know why these people are willing to risk their immigration status by doing dumb shi& like this. I really will stick to taco bell for my afternoon snacks...haha
Dan L. August 03, 2012 at 01:56 PM
He either had fake documents or more likely, the owner knew he was illegal.
Rich August 03, 2012 at 01:57 PM
What about the owner? Aren’t they responsible for verifying eligibility to work? What happened to having to provide a SSN # for taxes.... In all seriousness, I feel bad for the three that are the victims here. Will never feel comfortable using public restrooms again. Some really sick people in the world.
David Gurliacci (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I've removed some uncivil posts, including one which criticized the service at Subway and which would have remained if derogatory language wasn't used. Please, everyone, be civil.
Ed Infurna August 03, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I love that Subway is still the featured restaurant on the Patch page, too. They should highlight the advantages of security cameras in all the restrooms as a plus.
Ed Infurna August 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Oh, and BTW, the other restaurant featured in the directory: Cafe D'Azur...closed 2 months ago.
Charley August 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
ICE may release him if he is not a priority target under the new presidential immigration policy. Maybe we can at least deport him as far San Francisco and there he would probably be paid for his filming.
Tom Wilson August 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Rich, my thinking was that nobody would want to witness the carnage in a Taco Bell restroom. But the joke might have been more effective if I'd used Grand Central instead!
max August 04, 2012 at 12:51 AM
"police were told a spy camera had been installed" - who told the police? How did that person fiind out? Did Dias tell a fellow employee, or show him photos, or did another employee see Dias install it, or was it a patron that complained about seeing a camera in the bathroom, or..? Really, the police did not "solve" this. The police were told about it. Who told them?
Deb August 04, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I see another story here: Subway Hires Illegal Alien.
David Gurliacci (Editor) August 04, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Answered in the follow-up story posted Friday: "A driver for Garda Armored Car Service noticed an odd device under a sink when he was using the bathroom at Subway restaurant at 22 Heights Road on Monday." http://patch.com/A-wDgZ
Gerald M. Gaynor August 06, 2012 at 10:44 AM
One of Mr. Obama's "Dreamers" taking an American job; one has to wonder if spying on people in bathrooms is a sufficiently egregious offense to justify deportation. It has already been established that his identity theft (implied by his employment which requires provision of a Social Security Number to his employer) is a “forgivable” offense for this class of criminals…
Enrique August 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I missed the "Dreamers" part of the article, are you one of those folks who just dream up your own "facts"?
Mark Langlois (Editor) August 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Dave, this wasn't just a good story, it attracted good comments. Nice job. Interesting crime for Darien. I thought it had zoning to handle this kind of thing.
Daniella Ruiz August 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
since when does zoning deal with crimes as this? i thought they stuck with permitted use issues, square footage of signage and harassing legal business owners over frivolous details. ;-))
Daniella Ruiz August 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
god help any local shmuck who tries to apply for work, the gossip network will buzz to find out if he/she has any dirt to expose, who the friends are or what prison they just emerged from. easier to 'get a new identity' and start afresh!

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