A couple found cameras in their rental's bedroom and the living room, according to the Sheriff's Office. The owner says he is a swinger.
MANATEE COUNTY — A Longboat Key condo owner has been arrested after a couple discovered two cameras in their Airbnb.com rental on Longboat Key.
Condo owner Wayne R. Natt, 61, was arrested by Longboat Key Police and charged with first-degree misdemeanor video voyeurism.
The man and woman rented the condo from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, but shortly after they arrived, they noticed a hidden video camera inside a fire alarm in the master bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit. The camera was pointed at the bed.
The couple noticed another camera mounted on the ceiling of the living room. They went to the condominium's main office and asked who the owner of the unit was. They said it belonged to Wayne Natt.
The couple stated that the ad was placed by an individual listed only as "Wayne."
Longboat Key Police executed a search warrant for the condo at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 3 and found both cameras and microphones, which were seized as evidence. Memory cards, storage devices and computers also were seized during the search of the rental unit.
Natt came to the Longboat Key Police Department with his attorney Sept. 26 and said he was the owner of the condo. The man, who told police he was a "swinger," said he lives in the condo by himself, but rents it out occasionally to help with expenses.
He said he uses the cameras to record his sexual activities, but never records anyone without knowledge.
Natt said the laptop will reveal videos of people in various sexual acts, but they all had knowledge. He said he knows some of these people only by first name.
A video was found of two people who stayed at the condo that exposed a nude body. The person was contacted by police and said the video was taken without their permission — they asked for the "perpetrate" to be prosecuted for the crime.
Natt was arrested on Sept. 29 and posted bail Oct. 2.
Airbnb released a statement Thursday saying the condo owner had been banned from its community.
"Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior," according to the statement released by spokesman Ben Breit.