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Fort Myers man arrested for hiding recording equipment in woman's home

Posted at 11:04 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 23:09:52-04

FORT MYERS, Fla -- Heads up if you're going through a divorce. Be careful about who you're hanging with during that vulnerable time. A Fort Myers woman says a man she met through a support group, ended up placing recording devices in her home.

33-year-old, Thomas Cash, is accused of pulling off an elaborate plan to secretly record the woman he met last year, in a group for people going through divorces.

The police report says the woman saw a red light blinking under her bathroom cabinet early one morning, and she didn't know what it was at first until she looked at it further. Police say It had two holes for a headphone jack, which was pointed towards her bed, and a microphone pointed towards her shower.

Several days later, when she checked her own home surveillance video the man, believed to be Cash, used a device to open the deadbolt lock on her door and going in and out of her home in the middle of the night.

The report says though cash came to know the woman through divorce group, she says she had no intimate relationship with him at all and told him they were just friends. Police say he organized a “group trip” to a fair in Tampa, but it wasn’t until Cash picked her up from her home that it would just be the two of them.

The report goes onto say after further investigation into the home surveillance videos, one detective received a forwarded message from the victim. Cash emailed her saying: “I have no defense against the things I have done and I ask for forgiveness.”

This, as you can imagine, is scary, so Fox 4 talked to a local spy, shop Securitech1 in Cape Coral, to ask the experts how to keep it from happening to you.

Securitech1 is a local spy shop that handles antispyware and helps detect spy equipment if you’re fearful of someone spying on you. Analyst Edwin Yammoto, says people should always be alert for strange noises, coming from strange places, in this case, a light.

"A blinking light, a flashing light, anything that will indicate a battery, it’s pretty scary stuff when you’re dealing with sky gear, spy equipment," said Yammoto.

Yammoto says people are getting creative, so he says never give out of your wifi password, that’s also a way they can spy on you through these spy devices. "They’re not able to monitor you and listen to you from an app on their phones and device," he added.

Cash has been charged with eight counts of burglary, aggravated stalking, and installing tracking devices.