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Camera discovered in private bathroom; Danville man arrested

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

MOULTON — It was more than a takeoff on the old television show, "Candid Camera."

A camera that a couple found hidden in their bathroom Tuesday led to the arrest Thursday of a Danville man, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said.

Mitchell said authorities arrested Michael Dewayne Richard, 34, of 3670 Alabama 157 and charged him with third-degree burglary, a class C felony, and criminal eavesdropping, a misdemeanor.

Officers later released Richard from Lawrence County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

According to the sheriff, investigators retrieved a camera and an extensive amount
of wiring from the couple's
residence in the Wren community.

Mitchell said the wiring stretched from the outside of the house to the bathroom.

He said the suspect had
attempted to hide the wiring
by attaching it to a water
hose and feeding it under the house.

After investigators collected the wiring and camera along with other items they found underneath the residence, Mitchell said, they discovered evidence that linked Richard to the crimes.

Mitchell said an investigator questioned Richard on Thursday and later executed a search warrant at his residence, where more evidence was gathered that led to the charges.

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