LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man is accused of secretly recording women at tanning salons.
Customers of Beach Bum Tanning were appalled to hear of the disturbing allegations. Police said a fellow customer of the salon was recording them as they were tanning in what they thought were private rooms, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported Wednesday.READ MORE: Ohio Man With Semi-Automatic Rifle Taken Into Custody At Times Square Subway Station
“It’s disgusting. It’s embarrassing. I didn’t even know about it,” customer Deborah Konetsky said.
Konetsky was clearly repulsed after learning what 22-year-old Jake Gabler-Colotti is accused of doing. According to investigators, the occasional customer was caught in the act inside by a female customer inside the Levittown salon. She said she saw him recording her while she was tanning in a private room.
“After she walked out of the room, she made a complaint to the manager behind the desk and the manager took action,” a co-owner of the store told CBS2’s Burrell.
The co-owner, who identified himself only as “Rudy,” said police were called and Gabler-Colotti was taken into custody at the salon soon after.
“Usually, the tanning rooms are private, but the tops are open. So, I guess maybe somebody is leaving something in the room. You just never know,” local resident Hillary Raines said.
“You know, if you’re in a dressing room of a department store or something like this, it would occur,” the co-owner added.READ MORE: NYPD Honored For Actively Supporting Organ Donation
Investigators said other customers later complained that Gabler-Colotti allegedly recorded them at other Beach Bum locations, in Plainview and Seaford.
“He was basically taking his video camera (and) he would enter a tanning salon booth. He would place that video camera on top of a ledge and videotape either the one victim to the left or the right in the other tanning both,” Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said.
CBS2 went to Gabler-Colotti’s home in Wantagh, but no one answered the door.
Customers of the salon were unsettled, not knowing how many people the man allegedly spied on.
It’s a lesson that you can never be too careful.
“I’m glad that he got caught,” Tiffany Hart said. “It’s obviously horrible to know that somebody … but this is the world we live in now. Things happen and it could happen anywhere.”
Gabler-Colotti was charged with unlawful surveillance, and police said there may be even more victims. Meanwhile, the co-owner of the salon said he’s working with security companies, looking into options to better monitor the business.MORE NEWS: Police: Burglars Smashing Into Pharmacies In Brooklyn And Queens, Stealing Cash, Prescription Pills
Investigators said anyone who feels they may have been recorded should contact Second Squad at (516) 573-6253 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.