JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local maintenance man was caught on camera rummaging through a man’s home.
An apartment renter called for help on a leaky roof and the worker took advantage of the belongings in the empty house.
The camera is in plain view on the man’s bedroom night stand. But that didn't stop a local maintenance man from making himself feel right at home.
UNF accounting professor Robert Slater was at work when he called apartment management requesting a repair for a leaky roof.
He kept a conspicuous camera rolling.
“It's more just to keep them honest. I figure if they see it, there's somebody who can see them,” said Slater.
The worker goes straight to the bathroom looking for the leak. But it's not long before he gets curious and scours through Slater's stuff.
You can even hear the worker unzipping Slater's travel bag. "So I was kind of surprised he didn't see it, didn't know it was real or just didn't care."
At one point the worker even picks up the camera, capturing this breach in customer privacy.
“It upset me because I don't like apartment life to begin with and knowing that other people have access to your stuff, you really think you should be able to trust them. So having that trust violated was really upsetting," said Slater.
It only took minutes for the maintenance man to check every closet and drawer in the house.
Slater says he didn't take anything. But in today's tech-driven world – sometimes the most damaging thieves are digital.
“A quick cell phone picture of financial records and someone could steal your identity this day and age."
Police used the video to arrest the worker for grand theft but charges were eventually dropped.