Police investigate two-way mirrors in Montrose apartment
MONTROSE, Colorado ” Montrose police are investigating two-way mirrors in a shower and a bedroom viewable from a maintenance area outside a unit at a triplex apartment complex.
Former tenant Jim Waters thought a mirror in the shower was probably for shaving but discovered Thursday it was a two-way mirror with a full view of the stall. He and his two female roommates discovered another two-way mirror in a bedroom as they moved out Friday.
A dark patch in a full-length mirror tipped them off to the mirror that had a clear view of the bed where one the women slept.
The viewing holes were covered with a dark cloth and insulation and the utility area.
Property manager Ben Alexander said Tuesday he has refunded Waters’ money and is cooperating with police.
A tenant who moved out about a month ago told Alexander there was no mirror in the shower or bedroom, leaving Alexander to believe that the mirrors were installed in the past 30 days.
The unit had been vacant until Waters and his roommates moved into the unit on May 21, Alexander said.
“You can see everything from the top of the spigot to where the bathtub nozzle is. You can definitely see everything in the shower there,” Waters told the Montrose Daily Press. “… It was just a viewing window into the shower.”
“The mirrors were installed with the intent of using them as a free peep show,” Waters continued. “At least we found it in the first week we were there, rather than two months down the line.”
Alexander said it doesn’t appear that the mirrors were used for viewing purposes. He said he is waiting for police to complete their investigation before patching up the holes.
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