Woman accused of taking photos, videos of restroom users

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by Jennifer Thomas & Jason Volentine

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 8:30 AM

PHOENIX – Police have arrested a 37-year-old Surprise, Ariz. woman who allegedly took pictures and videos of other women in public restrooms throughout the Valley then sold the images online.

Phoenix police arrested Laura L. Laibe on Thursday at her home where she lives with her husband and children. She faces 38 counts of voyeurism.

According to Sgt. Trent Crump, Laibe surreptitiously videotaped and photographed unsuspecting women at locations including Chase Field, University of Phoenix Stadium, Sky Harbor International Airport, the Rainforest Cafe and Walmart stores.

The images of women in various stages of undress or actually using the restroom were then posted and sold online.

In some instances police said children were in the images. In other video clips, Laibe is confronted by people who demand to know what she's doing with the camera in the bathroom.

Neighbors were stunned by the news Thursday afternoon.

"Their children are extremely well-behaved," said Debbie C., a neighbor two doors down. "They've spent a lot of time at my house in the summer. The parents have always been very nice to us. They've never given me any indication that they're breaking any types of laws."

Police said they discovered hundreds of images dating back to May 2012, including some taken this year at Arizona Diamondbacks games on April 13 and Sept. 13 and an Arizona Cardinals game on Aug. 24.

Crump said many of the victims are unknown.

Investigators urge anyone who had contact with Laibe or encountered her while in a restroom facility to call 602-534-2121 and ask for Detective Curley.

 

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