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Alejandro Gamiz, North Hollywood Sears Employee, Admits to Videotaping Women in Dressing Rooms -- for 3 Years

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Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 8:05 AM
click to enlarge The voyeurism could go back as far as 2009. - COFFEEINSPACE VIA FLICKR
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  • The voyeurism could go back as far as 2009.

Have you tried anything on in the women's dressing room (or gone to the bathroom) at the janky old Sears in North Hollywood, anytime in the last three years?

If so, bad news: You might have been on candid camera.

While inspecting their fitting rooms, Sears security personnel recently discovered that some had been wired with spy cams...

... according to KNX news radio. LAPD Detective Karen Crawford tells the station that 27-year-old maintenance man Alejandro Gamiz fully admitted to cops that he was secretly recording women "for 3 years, that we're aware of, while he worked at Sears."

Creeper pride!

As for all you potential victims: Unfortunately, you'll probably never know if Gamiz saw you naked. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has decided to prosecute him for burglary and "surreptitiously recording unsuspecting women," which doesn't involve the testimony of individual targets.

This particular Sears in the Valley Plaza mall has been the subject of video documentary before. (Though a little more appropriate.)

National Geographic "retail expert" Grant Cardone walked around the store with a cameraman in December 2011, criticizing the lack of customer service. Sears management eventually escorted him out, saying he didn't have permission to film in the store.

If only they'd paid more attention to the creep-umentary being filmed from within their own stalls.

"It's not the best sears, but it sure got some characters," says a North Hollywood resident on Yelp. (The least of them certainly not being Gamiz.) And another: "I wouldn't wanna hang around here for too long after dark. Then again, I'm sure I wouldn't hang around here period."

[@simone_electra / swilson@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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