From The Tribune staff reports
HELENA — A 49-year-old Helena man has been arrested for allegedly placing a camera outside the bathroom window of a neighbor.
According to a release from the Helena Police Department, David Scott Gardiner, a resident of the Riverwoods subdivision, is charged with aggravated criminal surveillance. Gardiner was placed in the Shelby County Jail on a $10,000 bond and was subsequently released on bond earlier this week.
According to police, evidence suggests Gardiner placed a covert micro camera on a neighbor’s bathroom window. However, the victim spotted the device before entering the shower and removed it before handing it over to the Helena Police Department.
Following a three-month long investigation, detectives with HPD along with assistance from the Alabaster Police Department, were able to gather enough evidence to gain a warrant for aggravated criminal surveillance.
“Everyone should feel safe in their own home,” said Helena Police Chief Brad Flynn. “This type of crime makes everyone question their privacy and security in the one place they should not have to. I am very proud of the Helena detectives and appreciative of the assistance of Alabaster PD in their work on bringing this case to a successful conclusion. I hope the victim is reassured the person responsible for this crime is going to answer for his actions.”