A Texas man accused of placing a video camera in the women's bathroom at the with intent to sell the images on the Internet was freed on $2,000 bond Wednesday.
Brent C. Faulk, 27, of the 14600 block of Woodson Park Road in Houston, TX, was arrested by Lemont police Tuesday, and was charged with felony unlawful video recording, according to Chief Kevin Shaughnessy.
The incident reportedly happened May 15 at Starbucks, 1243 State St., when an employee found a coffee cup with the camera in it while she was cleaning the bathroom, prosecutors said.
When the employee took the cup to her co-workers, Faulk reportedly approached her nervously, telling her he had made a "stupid mistake." Prosecutors said Faulk then told her that he was from Texas and needed money for his family and had planned to record images to sell on the Internet.
Shaughnessy said the camera was discovered prior to any patrons being videotaped. He praised the employees at Starbucks for their alertness and following through with law enforcement.
He also praised the Houston Police Department, which assisted in the investigation.
"Through the cooperation of Starbucks employees and management, investigators tracked Faulk back to Houston, where he lives," Shaughnessy said in a statement. Faulk was reportedly in Illinois on business.
A manager at the Lemont Starbucks declined to comment on the incident.
In a bond hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse Wednesday, Faulk's defense attorneys asked for $10,000 bail, saying it was his first offense, but Cook County Judge Maureen Daly set the bail at $20,000.
"It's not that he said this was stupidly done as a joke," Daly said. "He expressed an intent to sell the images and that weighed into consideration of the bond."
Faulk posted bond and was released Wednesday, according to the Cook County Court Clerk's office.
Prosecutors also asked that Faulk be restricted from using the Internet or having any contact with the employee at Starbucks or the Starbucks store.
His next court date is set for Aug. 6, Shaughnessy said.