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Sears worker may have secretly filmed more than 1,000 victims

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What Sears used to look like.

A former Sears maintenance worker accused of videotaping changing rooms is suspected of filming more than a thousand victims over a three-year period, say prosecutors.

The city attorney's office says 27-year-old Alejandro Gamiz was charged Thursday with 30 counts of peeping and 30 counts of concealing a video recording device inside a changing room. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.

Gamiz was arrested April 12 after hidden cameras were found inside a North Hollywood Sears. He is accused of using a hidden cameras to film activity during store hours.

He would allegedly download footage during his after-hours maintenance shift. Investigators are searching Gamiz's computers to identify victims.



Masked gunmen take thousands in cash from Montebello Sears

The Sears outlet located at 1401 N Montebello Blvd. in Montebello

Sears, land of cheap clothes and lawnmowers, is not the most common target for armed robbery. Nonetheless, on Monday night two masked gunmen barged into the outlet in the Montebello Town Square Shopping Center, ordered everyone on the ground and made off with a large amount of cash, police say.

The robbery occurred at about 8:45 p.m., when two men wearing hoodies and ski masks (KABC says “masks and bandanas), entered the store at 1401 N. Montebello Blvd. and announced their presence by making everyone get down. They reportedly took around $16,000 in cash from a register -- only one -- and fled in a dark-colored SUV heading southbound on Montebello Boulevard. They remain at large.

No one was injured and no shots were fired, although a female shopper was reportedly robbed of her cash as well.