76ºF

Victim speaks out after Firestone employee accused of filming in restroom

Another victim located recording device, police say

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – An employee at an auto repair shop is accused of placing a recording device in a women's restroom to secretly record two customers, according to the Port Orange Police Department.

Police said a customer was in the restroom at Firestone Complete Auto Care on South Williamson Boulevard on June 30 when she saw the recording device and contacted authorities.

Ryan Wilkins, a sales associate at the shop, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of video voyeurism and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

One of the victims hopes people are more aware of their surroundings in places like the auto care facility.

"I went about my business, washed my hands, walked out of the bathroom and I told my other half someone had left their phone charger piece in the wall," Nicole Loveless said.

Loveless said she assumed someone just left the device in the bathroom while they were getting their vehicle serivced. 

"This is the one time that my children were not with me and I'm so thankful for that," she said. 

Police said the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are more victims. 

Bridgestone Retail Operations released a statement about the incident: 

We take the allegations reported at the Firestone Complete Auto Care store in Port Orange, Florida very seriously and are cooperating with local authorities as they investigate this matter. This incident in no way reflects our company culture, our business operations or the importance we place on creating a safe, respectful and welcoming environment for our customers and employees. We can also confirm that the individual involved in this incident is no longer employed by Firestone Complete Auto Care. As this investigation is ongoing, we cannot further comment at this time. 

 


About the Author: