Four felony charges were filed on Tuesday against a Blue Lake man who allegedly installed a hidden video camera in a grocery store bathroom to record his girlfriend’s phone conversations.
Louis Garcia Turbin, 29, is charged with stalking, two counts of burglary, attempting to influence a public servant and criminal impersonation. The latter two charges are related to the alleged fake name he gave to police. He also faces misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy and eavesdropping, said John Franks, a deputy district attorney in the 5th Judicial District.
Turbin, who is free on a $2,500 bond, was an employee at the El Jebel City Market when he was arrested on Jan. 10. That morning, his girlfriend allegedly found the camera, which looks like a wall socket, in a stall in the women’s bathroom and alerted store management, who called police.
The woman, also an employee at City Market, then told Turbin about her discovery. He admitted it was his and “thought he was going to get it back,” Basalt police Sgt. Penny Paxton said at the time.
“He thought the only thing he was going to get was his girlfriend’s conversations,” she said. “He didn’t get the concept of what he was actually doing.”
Turbin thought his girlfriend was unfaithful because she would often run in to the bathroom for phone calls. He bought the video camera online and first installed it a few weeks before Jan. 10, but couldn’t get it to work, Paxton said. He allegedly reinstalled the device the morning of his arrest.
Turbin “wanted to listen to the conversations to verify his suspicions that she was cheating,” she said. “He was going to sneak back in there to hear the conversations.”
Paxton said the device recorded four women employees, who she has since notified. City Market offered them counseling.
The burglary counts stem from his allegedly entering the bathroom and remaining there to commit a crime.
Paxton said he was working under his brother’s name. Turbin has since been fired, she said.
He is due in court on Feb. 13 for a bond hearing.