Police: Planted hidden camera prompts arrest of Dacula man

Christopher Belcore

Christopher Belcore

DACULA -- A Dacula man was arrested recently on charges of felony eavesdropping after allegedly planting a hidden camera in a bedroom of his home.

Christopher Belcore, 61, used a camera embedded in a Sony alarm clock to surreptitiously record five VHS tapes of a woman who temporarily stayed with him and his wife on American Way in Lawrenceville, according to Gwinnett police.

The camera recorded the woman's personal dressing room between May and July 2008, according to Belcore's arrest warrants.

The alleged victim told police last month she'd stumbled upon the tapes while moving out of the home and confronted Belcore, the report says.

Belcore was arrested New Year's Eve on five felony counts of eavesdropping. He posted $67,200 bond the next morning, records show.

Belcore faces an additional count of possession of eavesdropping equipment. The camera/alarm clock model specified in warrants is readily available online for about $160.

A message left at Belcore's business was not returned Monday afternoon.

Why the alleged victim waited so long to come forward to police was unclear Monday, as a detective assigned the case was not working, Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly said.