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Cops: Man hid camera in East Patchogue landlord's bathroom

Cristian Marca, 37, of East Patchogue, is led

Cristian Marca, 37, of East Patchogue, is led out of the Suffolk police Fifth Precinct in Patchogue for arraignment Sunday after being accused of placing a hidden camera in the bathroom of his landlord's home. Credit: James Carbone

An East Patchogue man was arrested and charged after he hid a camera in his landlord’s bathroom and filmed family members, Suffolk County police said Sunday.

The owner of the Case Avenue home told police Thursday that she found a miniature video camera in the bathroom. During an investigation Fifth Squad detectives determined the tenant, Cristian Marca, 37, placed the camera there and had video and images of the home’s residents.

Marca lived in the home with two adults and four children, police said.

He was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of unlawful surveillance, police said. Marca was released Sunday following his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, with a temporary order or protection issued. His next court appearance is May 25.

Marca was represented the Legal Aid Society which generally does not comment on cases.

With Dandan Zou

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