In a statement to ABC, Airbnb said it was "outraged" by the camera's discovery and had banned Natt from its service.
He also pointed INSIDER to Airbnb's rules about electronic surveillance devices, which clearly state that hosts must "fully disclose" the presence of any security cameras "at or around" their properties. Starnes, who said he works in technology, saw a pinhole in the smoke detector and found a camera recording video onto an SD card.
Responding officers later seized "a lot of computer storage data drives, hard drives, computers, laptops [and] SD cards", Longboat Key police Lt.
Derek Starnes told Tampa-based WFTS via telephone he and his better half are blown a gasket by what happened.
Wayne Natt, 56, was later arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism.
They are now going through the data to see if local victims dating Natt were also recorded without consent as well as prior Airbnb customers. Then they realized it was actually a camera disguised as a smoke detector and was pointing right at their bed. It's unclear if other couples may have been recorded, but Natt had more than 40 reviews on Airbnb, a website for vacation rentals and short-term homestays.
People who have stayed at the house located at 623 Cedars Court in Longboat Key, are urged to come forward.
"My wife and I are distressed by this situation", Starnes said. But police say the cameras can be operated remotely and they found numerous videos in the bedroom, including one of the in couple. Starnes said he knows the video caught him strolling through the room bare.
"They're also wifi capable so they'd beam a signal - he didn't have to hardwire them in", said Bourque.
But police told WFLA the cameras can be operated remotely and that a search turned up numerous recordings - including one of the couple from Indiana. Natt has since been released on bond.
"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", Airbnb spokesman Benjamin Breit said in a statement. "We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behaviour".