ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene police have confirmed to KTAB/KRBC they are investigating a camera found in the women’s restroom of the Whataburger on South 1st and Pioneer on Friday.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, told KTAB/KRBC she went to use the restroom. When she flushed the toilet, she noticed an unusual small circle under the rim of the toilet lid. When she looked closer she saw what appeared to be a camera lens. She then followed the wires to find ‘a bunch of wires connected to a device’ under the lid of the tank.
The victim says she ripped the device out of the tank and ran out of the restaurant to the car. There, she called police.
Police tell us they are unsure if the camera was taking videos or still photos. They are also working to determine if the suspect(s) would have to retrieve recordings or if images were being transmitted live.
Police say they are investigating to find who is responsible. There have been no reports of more cameras or incidents like this.
APD issues the following warning to KTAB/KRBC:
“Just be aware of surroundings. Have situational awareness, especially in this day and age when people are using electronics to do all kinds of bad things. Be sure to report anything suspicious you notice.”
The victim told KTAB/KRBC she wanted to share the photos because, “I do want to help and make sure women know what to watch out for.”
Statement from Whataburger Corporate Communciations
“At Whataburger it’s our goal to make sure families feel safe and comfortable at each of our restaurants, and this is truly a concerning claim. We take matters such as this very seriously. As soon as we heard of the allegation, we immediately launched an investigation of our own and are working closely with local police. This is an active investigation and we ask that questions be directed to Abilene Police Department as we continue supporting their efforts.” – Whataburger Corporate Communications