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Man arrested with planting spy camera in mall bathroom operates a camera installation company

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 17:17:27-05

A man is charged with putting a camera in the family bathroom located near the food court at White Marsh Mall.

Mussawwir Sterrett was arrested Tuesday afternoon after anonymous callers said they recognized the suspect. According to Sterrett's charging documents, within two hours of posting his picture online, police received two calls identifying Sterrett. 

The anonymous callers also said that he worked for a company called Custom Runs Tech & A/V, a tech company in the Baltimore area. Mussawwir Sterrett is the general manager of the company that provides tech consultations as well as security camera installation.

Sterrett is charged with prurient intent and peeping tom; he is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status.

Baltimore County police were made aware of the camera on December 23. Police were able to identify the suspect because he recorded himself as he was setting it up.

"Securing this camera above the stalls on the bathroom partition, he inadvertently had the camera on and recorded himself installing it," said Baltimore County Police Officer Jen Peach.

The investigating officer “took note” of 11 videos saved to the SD card. Most videos are several minutes long, and detectives also found deleted files with images taken inside of a bathroom. The date stamp on those pictures are July 5, 2013. 

“And this case isn't finished because as you see in the charging documents, a search warrant was conducted, evidence was recovered,” said Peach.

Police also seized computers, cell phones, and hard drives. The Baltimore County State's Attorney will decide if they'll issue any other charges.

Even though multiple people were caught on the camera, detectives only believe it was up for a short time. More specifically, they're asking anyone who used the family restroom in the food court of White Marsh Mall on December 23 between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. to contact them.

At this time, they don't suspect any customers of his business could be victims of hidden cameras but they say there's always the possibility.

“Because of his line of work, there were definitely concerns there could be more victims. It's not to say that there are but we would suggest that anyone who has had involvement with this man or knows that this person was actually in their homes installing cameras, take a second look at the cameras in their house,” said Peach.