ALTON — A local handyman has been charged with spying on his customers’ personal lives by installing hidden cameras in homes where he had done work.
Alton police arrested Peter Mugford of Route 11D, in Alton, on Wednesday and charged him with five felony counts of unlawful wiretapping, two counts of burglary, violation of privacy, and stalking.
According to statement released by Alton Police Chief Ryan Heath, Mugford allegedly used his profession as a contractor/handyman to get access to client homes and place hidden cameras in bedrooms, bathrooms, and other private areas of the home. He was also found to be actively video recording clients during private moments, including personal conversations. Mugford would then return to the homes without the owners knowledge or consent to retrieve cameras and footage he captured, the chief said,
A message left on Mugford’s answering machine seeking comment was not returned Friday afternoon.
The charges stem from an investigation headed by Alton Police Detective Adam Painchaud.
Police searched Mugford’s home and found electronic devices from which they have been able to identify many of the victims. However, police are alerting anyone who may have done business with Mugford to make them aware of his alleged activities.
Those who feel they may be victims are asked to call Painchaud at 875-0757.